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7 Reasons You Want Referral Business and How to Get Them

Studies have proven that there is one reason why people don't do more referral business: they don't ask. There are two reasons why, they forget or they don't have a strong enough relationship with their clients, so they don't feel comfortable The truth is every professional should strive to have all of their business be referral because the benefits of referral business are undeniable and extensive.
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Top 10 Ways Websites Makes Me Suffer

I believe some people create and publish websites for the sole purpose of tormenting their visitors. Browsing various websites and navigating the Web can often be like trying to read on an airplane while a kid kicks the back of your seat and the baby next to you alternates between screaming, crying and drooling on you.

Business Profitability - 10 Ways To Boost

10 Ways to Boost your ProfitabilitySo many business owners work hard - really hard - just to break even or keep afloat. Each one of us deserves reward for our efforts, whether that be financial or personal.

Wealth Building Scams

I have some good news and I have some bad news. First the good news.

Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life

Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life One of the most powerful tools we have as humans is our ability to ask questions. The more adept we are at asking them (and waiting for and listening to the answers), the more effective we will be.

Ten Ways to Strengthen Your Reading Habit

Most people wish they read more. It is an activity that is both fun and enlightening.

Ten Tips for Cross Cultural Communication

Here are some simple tips to help you improve your cross cultural communication skills: Slow Down Even when English is the common language in a cross cultural situation, this does not mean you should speak at normal speed. Slow down, speak clearly and ensure your pronunciation is intelligible.

7 Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To

Seven Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To Improve Your Results OverviewAbraham Maslow said, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." As managers, leaders and change agents, we want to improve our organizational performance.

Your Leadership Shopping List

'Tis the season to give. And finding the right gift to give the people on your team can be challenging.

Top Seven Reasons to Publicize your Business with Articles

Do you want to be #1-10 on Google and other search engines? Do you want quadruple your Web sales in five months? Promote your business to the top with these 7 reasons to write and submit how-to articles. 1.

Top Ten Tips for Online Publishing Success

Use the checklist below to make sure your article, tip, or book excerpt will get published and make you a household name on the Internet. 1.

Top Ten Things to Do to Make your Signature File Sell

Always include a powerful signature on every email you send out, even to friends. It's even more important when you send out articles to opt-in ezines (no spam) and top web sites in your field--more important than your article's message.

The Top Ten Ways to Attract Buyers, Not Just Visitors to your Web Site

Have you put a lot of effort, time, and money into your site and are frustrated with low sales? If you are like many professionals out there, you know your subject; you are excellent at your craft. You have a great service and maybe a great product to sell.

Plan Your Success In Seven Ways

Many businesses lose money yearly because they don't think creatively about the future. They run their businesses doing what they think they should: dealing with customers, dealing with problems, ordering for their business, and paying their expenses.

Want a Web Site that Turns Lookie Loos into Buyers? Seven Passion Copywriting Tips

Web Site Blues? Need one, don't know where to start? Got one, but aren't getting enough sales? If you need a Web site soon you may be wondering where to start and who to trust. All Web masters are not equal.

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Announcement of construction in occupied Palestinian territories is second since Donald Trump became US president

Israel has approved a massive new building programme of Jewish settlement homes in the occupied Palestinian territories, following hard on the heels of the swearing-in of the US president, Donald Trump.

The defiant move, in opposition to most recent international opinion, comes as Israeli politicians have rushed to exploit what they see as a pro-Israel and pro-settlement US administration.

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Beijing warns White House to tread carefully after Rex Tillerson likens island-building to Russia’s taking of Crimea

China has warned the US to “speak and act cautiously” after the White House said it would act to foil Chinese attempts to “take over” the South China Sea, amid growing hints that Donald Trump’s administration intends to challenge Beijing over the strategic waterway.

At a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, the foreign ministry spokesperson, Hua Chunying, urged Washington to tread carefully “to avoid harming the peace and stability of the South China Sea”.

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Russia, Turkey and Iran to set up trilateral commission to monitor breaches of ceasefire that came into effect last month

Tortuous efforts to install a credible international body to entrench and broaden the patchwork ceasefire in Syria have partially succeeded on the second and final day of talks in Kazakhstan.

Discussions ended with agreement among the three sponsors of the talks – Russia, Turkey and Iran – to set up a trilateral commission to monitor and enforce the ceasefirethat came into effect last month. Under the agreement, the three countries will act together to monitor the ceasefire, and take steps to urge those responsible for breaches to desist.

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Belgian says she wants to rid stigma around condition in which people are born with mix of male and female sex characteristics

Belgian fashion model Hanne Gaby Odiele has revealed she is intersex and that she has gone public in an attempt to reduce the stigma around the condition and encourage other people to embrace their status.

The 29-year-old was born with internal testes and without a uterus or ovaries due to a condition called androgen insensitivity syndrome, which means a person is genetically male, but the external appearance of their genitals may be female or somewhere between male and female.

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Director’s role presiding over the Césars, the French equivalent of the Oscars, had sparked an outcry from women’s groups

Roman Polanski has stepped down from presiding over next month’s César awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, after his nomination to the prestigious role sparked outrage, a 61,000-signature petition and calls to boycott the event.

The Franco-Polish film director, 83, is wanted in the US on charges of raping a a 13-year-old in Los Angeles in 1977.

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E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed

From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth its story has been written in a DNA code of four letters. With G, T, C and A - the molecules that pair up in the DNA helix - the lines between humans and all life on Earth are spelled out.

Now, the first living organisms to thrive with an expanded genetic code have been made by researchers in work that paves the way for the creation and exploitation of entirely new life forms.

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Highest court to debate if practice violates laws against mistreatment of animals after police tried to disrupt first bullfight in Colombia’s capital city in four years

Colombia’s highest court is to consider a national ban on bullfighting just days after protesters battled with riot police as they tried to disrupt the first bullfight in the country’s capital city in four years.

Officers used pepper spray and teargas against the demonstrators on Sunday as they shouted “murderers” and “torturers” at bullfighting enthusiasts on their way to Bogota’s iconic redbrick bull ring.

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Mark Rutte publishes open letter saying Dutch citizens should defend country’s values, in apparent bid to woo PVV voters

The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has published an open letter to the country’s citizens ahead of elections in March, telling anyone who cannot respect its customs to leave.

Related: UK will pay huge price for prioritising migration curbs, says Dutch PM

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Defense department denied Russian government claim that US-led coalition planes aided Isis mission, but Trump administration open to future joint strikes

The Pentagon has flatly denied a Russian government claim that both nations’ warplanes conducted a joint combat mission in Syria.

Related: Suspected US drone strikes kill three al-Qaida suspects in Yemen, officials say

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Fears that Vladimir Putin will try to influence German, French and Dutch elections have led to cash injection

The EU is to escalate its efforts to counter Russia’s hybrid warfare campaign in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, as fears grow that Vladimir Putin will seek to influence elections across Europe.

With national elections happening in Germany, France and the Netherlands in the coming months, extra resources have been made available to the EU’s East Stratcom taskforce, which is seeking to collate and counter Russian attempts to influence votes through misinformation and propaganda.

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A 14-month government ‘cleanup’ of internet access services will make it harder for users to access websites that are usually censored or restricted

China has begun a crackdown on the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, making it harder for internet users to circumvent the Great Firewall.

The nation’s ministry of industry and information technology announced a 14-month “cleanup” of internet access services, including making it illegal to operate a local VPN service without government approval.

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Reagan-era rule bans international NGOs with US funding from providing abortions or offering information, ‘ignoring decades of research’ says Democrat

In one of a number of sharp reversals from the Obama era, Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order banning international NGOs from providing abortion services or offering information about abortions if they receive US funding.

Related: Trump withdraws from Trans-Pacific Partnership amid flurry of orders

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Siamogale melilutra, which grew up to 2 metres long, frolicked in the country’s south-western wetlands about 6.2m years ago

Scientists have unearthed fossils of an otter as big as a wolf that frolicked in rivers and lakes in a lush, warm and humid wetlands region in south-western China about 6.2m years ago.

The outsized otter, called Siamogale melilutra, weighed about 50kg (110lb) and measured up to 2 metres (6.5ft) long, making it bigger than any of its cousins alive today, the researchers said on Monday.

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Stephen Schwarzman, who is expected to head the US president’s business advisory council, addresses Canadian concerns after meeting Trudeau in Calgary

A senior business adviser to Donald Trump has told Justin Trudeau and his Liberal government that Canada has little reason to worry about the president’s push to renegotiate Nafta, as Canada prepares for what could be a tumultuous overhaul of its relationship with the US.

On Monday, Trump’s senior business adviser said Canada had little cause for concern. “Canada finds itself, frankly, in a really very special status,” said Stephen Schwarzman, the chief executive officer of investment firm Blackstone Group LP. “Things should go well for Canada in terms of any discussions with the United States.”

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Benoît Hamon’s favourable mention of UK Labour leader after winning first round of primary outrages rival Manuel Valls

As the divided French Socialist party this week chooses between a radical leftwing outsider and a centre-left former prime minister trying to defend the status quo, it hasn’t taken long for a C-word to be bandied around both as praise and insult: Corbyn.

Benoît Hamon, the dark horse leftist who wants to introduce a universal wage, tax robots and legalise cannabis, is seen as having a chance of winning the final round of the primary race to become the Socialist party’s presidential candidate on Sunday. When he topped the first round with 36%, he was quick to namecheck the UK Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as an example of how voters, particularly young ones, want a return to a new form of solidarity politics and the spiritual fundamentals of the left.

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Regime representative in Astana expresses anger as opposition calls for Assad militias to leave Syria so political process can begin

Rebel fighters meeting the Syrian government for the first time in the country’s bloody six-year civil war appear to have rejected a plan for Iran to play a role in monitoring the ceasefire.

The negotiations sponsored by Russia, Iran and Turkey in the Kazakh capital, Astana, are the latest attempt to end the war and seen as a test of Moscow’s influence in the Middle East.

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The follow-up to The Force Awakens, directed by Rian Johnson, has news of its title tweeted direct to fans

Could The Last Jedi’s title bode well for Star Wars’ spirit of invention?

The official title of Star Wars: Episode VIII has been announced: The Last Jedi.

The news was announced in a tweet from the official Star Wars account, which read: “It’s official. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the next chapter of the Skywalker saga. This December.#TheLastJedi”

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Discovery of sheepdog pups raises hopes that some of the 22 people still missing after five days could be found alive

Rescuers have recovered three puppies from under the rubble of an Italian mountain hotel that was hit by an avalanche five days ago, raising fresh hopes that some of the 22 people still missing could be found alive.

Firefighter Fabio Jerman said the discovery of the three shaggy white Abruzzo sheepdog pups meant there were still air pockets in the collapsed building – “an important sign of life, which gives us hope,” he said.

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Collaboration between police from 18 countries leads to recovery of 3,561 stolen ancient artefacts and 75 arrests

Police from 18 countries have recovered more than 3,500 stolen works of art and ancient artefacts of “great cultural importance” in an operation last year, according to the European police agency.

The haul included a marble Ottoman tombstone, a post-Byzantine icon depicting Saint George and hundreds of coins, Europol said.

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Batman v Superman is a close contender in the Golden Raspberry awards, as the longlist of last year’s ‘crop of cinematic crap’ is released

It’s shaping up to be one of the great movie face-offs of the year: Batman v Superman v Zoolander. The nominees for the Golden Raspberry awards, AKA the Razzies, have been announced, and it looks like it will be a titanic battle to the death between the superhero smackdown movie and the cameo-bedecked fashion-industry satire.

In fact, Zoolander 2 leads the nomination list with nine, including worst actor and supporting actor for Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, as well as one for the pair as a “screen combo”. (Stiller gets another personal nom as worst director.) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is just behind on eight, with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill duelling for worst actor, and hitherto acclaimed performer Jesse Eisenberg in the worst supporting list.

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Several viewers of live broadcast of alleged attack on young woman in Uppsala reported incident to police

Three men have been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of raping a woman in an assault that was broadcast live on Facebook, police have said.

The apparent gang-rape on Sunday took place in Uppsala, about an hour north of the capital, Stockholm, and has shocked the country.

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Decision on Fessenheim plant comes after pressure from Berlin and need to comply with legal cap on atomic energy generation

The French energy firm EDF has voted to begin the process of closing France’s oldest nuclear power station after pressure from Germany and a law capping the country’s reliance on atomic power.

The EDF board approved plans on Tuesday to close the 39-year old Fessenheim plant in north-east France, allaying fears that the company, which is 85%-state owned, would drag its heels until President François Hollande left office later this year.

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All the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards, which take place on 26 February at the Dolby theatre in Hollywood

La La Land equals record for most Oscar nominations

Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea

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Since opening in 2007, Acton clinic has seen more than 1,000 women and houses experts in the field of female genital mutilation

A London clinic for women who have undergone FGM is being forced to close after the local council withdrew funding from March 2017.

The Acton African Well Woman Centre was awarded the Guardian sponsored Diversity and equality award in 2011 and houses experts in the field of female genital mutilation (FGM) who are able to help women who have have been through the trauma of the procedure.

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Police say emergency response aircraft was evacuating an injured skier when it came down near resort of Campo Felice

Six people have been killed after a helicopter crashed near a ski resort in an area of central Italy still reeling from an avalanche that engulfed a hotel last week.

There were reports of a loud explosion when the emergency response helicopter came down near Campo Felice, a popular ski resort 75 miles east of Rome, during the evacuation of an injured skier.

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Scientists announce expedition to test theory that Nepalese earthquake took an inch off the world’s highest mountain

Anyone who aspires to climb Mount Everest might already be one inch closer to their goal.

Indian scientists have announced they will send an expedition to the peak of Mount Everest to confirm theories that Nepal’s devastating 2015 earthquake shrank the world’s largest mountain.

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Allegations put protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky and political theatre group Teatr.doc at odds despite common cause

Allegations of sexual assault have pitted Russia’s boldest political artist, Pyotr Pavlensky, against its boldest political theatre group, Teatr.doc, dividing public opinion this week.

“The regime wants to remove Pavlensky,” read the headline of an opinion piece on the website of Snob magazine. “Pavlensky is no martyr,” read another on the same site.

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Overwhelmed counsellors and medical staff in Sierra Leone must contend with suspicion and a collapse in funding

The history of Africa’s oldest psychiatric hospital is written on the walls of its isolation units, desperate messages chiselled into the woodwork like scars. “I came here for I don’t have any money,” reads one note in a corner of the room. “People want me to run from my father’s house,” reads another. “You go nowhere,” announces a third. “Stay out.”

Since the hospital opened in the early 19th century, most Sierra Leoneans have aspired to do exactly that, avoiding this imposing building perched high on a hill above the capital, Freetown.

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People should not wear communist symbols without real understanding of their history, argues Anastasiia Fedorova for the Calvert Journal

The hammer and sickle have made a stellar return to the fashion world in the form of a voluminous red hoodie, adorned with the Soviet symbol and worn by Kim Kardashian.

Setting aside the irony that two weeks earlier her husband had cosied up to the US president-elect, Donald Trump – one of the world’s most staunch capitalists whose relationship with Russia has been under intense scrutiny this week – Kardashian’s fashion choice raises some ethical questions about appropriating communist symbols.

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Yogi accused of illegal missionary activity after giving philosophy talk at festival amid clampdown on ‘non-traditional’ religion

A yoga teacher in Russia has been charged with illegal missionary activity under a controversial new law designed to fight terrorism.

Computer programmer Dmitry Ugay was detained by police in St Petersburg in October while giving a talk at a festival about the philosophy behind yoga.

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Thanks to a pioneering reconciliation project survivors and perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide now live side by side

In a leafy, quiet district less than an hour’s drive from Rwanda’s capital, the calmness of the community of Mbyo belies the dark and traumatic past of its inhabitants.

Related: My journey back to Rwanda: confronting the ghosts of the genocide 21 years later

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When war came to my city in eastern Ukraine, it was hard – but vital – for people like me to stay objective

When I started working as a journalist in my native city of Donetsk I never imagined that war would come to town, until the day it did.

In the spring of 2014 tanks and pro-Russia separatists showed up on the streets of the city, which was quickly turned into the capital of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

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Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example

The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come under sustained attack.

But there is another threat hiding in plain sight: the abuse of anti-corruption laws in Romania, a country often lauded as an example of successful reform in central and eastern Europe.

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Former residents talk NK News through the everyday photos the regime allows the world to see

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Whether it was arrival of capitalism, social instability or denim, monumental changes followed Gorbachev’s resignation in 1991

After years of food shortages, rising nationalist movements and an attempted coup, Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union, resigned on Christmas Day 1991. His resignation 25 years ago was the final nail in the coffin of the USSR.

To mark the anniversary we asked our readers across the region to share their memories of the monumental events, and to tell us how they felt about the change from a communist, collective system, to a capitalist one.

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Four killed when police fire into air, as tensions rise in English-speaking areas over perceived discrimination

International organisations are calling for an investigation in Cameroon after four people were killed during unrest in the country’s English-speaking regions.

Tensions have been brewing for the past month in Cameroon’s two anglophone regions, where people say they are being treated as second-class citizens.

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Founder of city’s first Arabic bookshop lets children read in their own language and escape the isolation of refugee life

Tucked in a corner across from Istanbul’s Kariye museum is a haven for young Syrians who want to do one simple thing: read. Pages, a bookstore and cafe, represents one man’s ambitious quest to change the lives of Syrian youth.

“I’m incredibly happy,” said Samer al-Kadri, 42, founder of the first Arabic bookstore in the city. “I get to meet this generation, between 18 and 25 years old. This generation is surprising me with their understanding, their openness, their dialogue.”

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Judge says 6ft 6in Adam Elliott’s bid for humour was dangerous and distracting

The sight of a tall salesman driving a Ford Ka with his head sticking out of the roof might have got a laugh out of bemused motorists on the Tyne Bridge.

But 6ft 6in Adam Elliott’s stunt has cost him his licence as a judge banned him for dangerous driving after a court heard he was showing off.

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Rolling coverage of the supreme court Brexit article 50 judgment, with reaction and analysis

Here are three Labour MPs indicating that they will vote against triggering article 50. That would mean defying the whip if, as expected, Jeremy Corbyn tells them to vote in favour. (See 2.11pm.)

From Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, which is estimated to have voted 77% remain, according to the Chris Hanretty figures. (Votes were counted by local authority area, not by parliamentary constituency, which is why the constituency figures are estimates.

In the chamber for the statement on Article 50. My vote will reflect the views of my constituents. I'm in Parliament to represent them.

I will not vote to destroy jobs and prosperity in #Exeter & the wider South West with a hard Tory #brexit. I will vote against #Article50.

Here is my statement on the @UKSupremeCourt 's Ruling on #Article50 - please retweet & share #Brexit #BrexitRuling

I've written a blog on Article 50 and today's ruling. As ever, any queries or concerns do get in touch. My thoughts:

The new leader of Sinn Fein at Stormont has said the Brexit ruling ignores the will of the people, the Press Association reports. The devolved assembly will not have to be consulted when Parliament votes on triggering EU exit negotiations by the end of March, the supreme court concluded. Michelle O’Neill called on the Irish government to help secure special status for Northern Ireland within the EU once the UK leaves - despite Britain’s highest court rejecting that argument. She said:

Clearly the ruling again ignores the will of the people of the North who voted by a majority to stay in the European Union ...

We believe that the North needs to have designated status.

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Allison Heathcote, whose husband was among 30 Britons killed by Seifeddine Rezgui, describes panic among tourists

The widow of a British man killed in a terrorist attack on a beach in Tunisia has told an inquest she played dead between two sunloungers after she had been shot in the stomach.

Allison Heathcote, who was 48 at the time, was staying at the Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse with her husband, Philip, on a holiday to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

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Thinktank warns over planned tax cuts and infrastructure investment as Congressional Budget Office says current spending plan will add $10tn to debt

Donald Trump’s tax-cutting and spending plans could add another $6tn to the US public debt over the next 10 years, independent budget analysts calculated, as the Congressional Budget Office warned the US’s current spending plans alone could trigger a financial crisis.

The CBO released its latest assessment of the US budget and economic outlook on Tuesday. The CBO reported that Trump would inherit a $559bn deficit for 2017 and still-sluggish economy that will, on its current course, add another $10tn to the public debt over the next decade.

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Australian woman welcomes British man’s version of events and tells reporters she was not aware Indonesian man was seriously injured in altercation

Australian woman Sara Connor says the testimony of her British boyfriend confirms the “truth” of what she always said happened the night they allegedly killed a Bali police officer.

“I can’t wait for this (the case) to finish now,” she said, adding that she hoped to go back to her two sons soon.

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Wayne Youngkin’s remains were discovered with the distinctive covers in a septic tank 30 years after he disappeared

Investigators hope that car seat covers found with the remains of a Brisbane man discovered at his former home 30 years after he disappeared hold clues that unlock the mystery of his death.

Police released images of the seat covers found with the bones of Wayne Youngkin in an old septic tank at a property in Brighton, in the city’s north, in November along with an appeal for public information.

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After the Munich crisis of 1938, my mother, Marjorie Sayer, who has died aged 99, realised that war was inevitable.

For the next year she spent all of her spare time training in first aid and driving. When the second world war did break out in 1939 she joined the Auxiliary Ambulance Service and was stationed in Bloomsbury, central London, and then in Hammersmith.

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Rival politician Ahmad Ishchi claims Abdul Rashid Dostum’s bodyguards tortured him and held him for five days

Afghanistan’s attorney general has ordered the arrest of nine of the vice-president’s bodyguards after a rival politician alleged he was raped and tortured.

The warrants were issued after Abdul Rashid Dostum and his bodyguards ignored three summons for questioning over accusations that they beat the victim in public and held him for five days while the guards sodomised him with a rifle.

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Vladimir Yershov, from Rostov-on Don, is a craftsman who specialises in making traditional Cossack and Turkish clay tobacco pipes by an old method. The unique pipes are sold to private collections worldwide, as well as museums in Russia, the Czech Republic and Japan

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US defence secretary James Mattis tells UK counterpart Michael Fallon that defence ties were the ‘bedrock of our security’

James Mattis, the new US defence secretary, has reassured his British counterpart that Washington has an “unshakeable commitment” to Nato, despite Donald Trump previously casting the military alliance as obsolete.

During a phone call with Michael Fallon on his first full day in office, Mattis “emphasized the United States’ unshakeable commitment to Nato”, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in a statement.

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After relaxation of rules on possession, campaigners await judgment on punishment for cultivation

Until recently, anyone caught with cannabis twice in 12 months in Georgia faced up to 14 years behind bars. Today you can carry enough for more than 200 joints, after the constitutional court in effect decriminalised possession of the drug.

The landmark ruling follows the case of 27-year-old Beka Tsikarishvili, who was arrested in 2013 with 65 grams of cannabis, which he said was for his own use. Facing a long sentence, he argued imprisonment was unlawful because it infringed his human dignity.

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Tofazzal Hossain makes headlines in the conservative Muslim country by saying he wants to help end the suffering of trio struck by rare disease

An impoverished Bangladeshi father has begged permission to kill three terminally ill members of his family, sparking a rare debate about euthanasia in a deeply conservative society.

Tofazzal Hossain described his years-long struggle to cope with the costs of looking after his two sons and grandson, a way of life he “can’t bear any longer”.

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Timor-Leste withdraws from Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (Cmats), which divides oil and gas revenue

Timor-Leste has withdrawn its Australian espionage claims in the permanent court of arbitration as a “confidence-building measure”, as the two countries continue to negotiate over their maritime border.

In 2013 it was revealed the Australian government had bugged the Dili cabinet room of the Timor-Leste government in 2004 – under the guise of Australian aid-sponsored renovations.

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The Russian emergency ministry has released footage showing firefighters saving pigs and piglets from a blaze at a farm in the Siberian region of Tomsk. According to the ministry, when the fire started up to 200 pigs were in the farm. Most of them were saved by firefighters, who carried them in pairs, one under each arm, out of the burning building as they squealed loudly.

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Group of leading lawyers and judges expresses ‘grave concern’ over the detention of legal professionals

Top human rights lawyers say Xi Jinping’s China is moving farther and farther away from the rule of law amid new claims about torture of Chinese attorneys

In a letter to the Guardian, a group of leading lawyers and judges from the US, Europe and Australia expressed “grave concern” over the detention and treatment of legal professionals.

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Refugee facilities in Belgrade, where it is -15C, have been described as ‘worse than the jungle in Calais’ by aid workers

Hundreds of new refugees and migrants, many of them children, are arriving in Serbia every day despite the prospect of sleeping rough in sub-zero temperatures and reports of violent treatment, Save the Children has said, as it calls on the EU to do more to help.

Related: Influx of refugees leaves Belgrade at risk of becoming 'new Calais'

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Girls aged five to 16 receive £2.20 less per week than boys and are allowed less financial independence, report shows

The gender pay gap by which women earn significantly less than men during their careers begins early in childhood with boys receiving 20% more pocket money than girls, according to a report.

Not only do girls receive less money, they are allowed less financial independence; they are less likely to receive regular payments than boys, and are more dependent on others to buy items for them and manage their money on their behalf.

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The attack on the prominent ‘alt-right’ figure was turned into a meme and sparked debate over the use of violence in political discourse

Richard Spencer, a prominent figure in the “alt-right” movement, was punched in the face while giving an interview in Washington on Friday. The punch spawned debate and a number of memes.

In a video widely circulated online, Spencer spoke on camera amid protests against Donald Trump’s inauguration. Voices off camera asked him questions such as “Are you a neo-Nazi?” Spencer – who at a post-election conference in Washington famously led shouts of “Hail Trump” while audience members gave straight-arm salutes – replied that he is not.

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On 18 January 2016, senior lawyers, judges and jurists from many countries and international organisations wrote a letter to the Guardian to express our deep concern about the unprecedented crackdown on criminal defence and human rights lawyers that began on the night of 9 July 2015 with the enforced disappearance of lawyers Wang Yu and Bao Longjun, and their 16-year-old son, and has most recently included the emergence of lawyer Li Chunfu from over 500 days of incommunicado detention with signs of serious mental illness, as well as physical suffering.

From 9 July 2015 to the present, hundreds of lawyers, law firm staff, and family members have been subject to intimidation, interrogation, detention as criminal suspects, wrongful criminal convictions and forced disappearance.

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The Ukraine | Toast and relative risks | So many ‘so’s | And anyway | Weetabix in 1950s Malta

Tony Burson (Letters, 21 January) asks why some countries are (or were) preceded by the definite article. In the case of Ukraine, it was in the past known as “the Ukraine”. However, the name is an Old Slavic word for “borderlands”, implying that the (now independent) country is merely an outlying part of Russia. Ukrainian nationalists were, understandably, not happy to be minimised in this way, so the definite article is only now used by the unwise.
Dr Richard Carter

• As I dropped my bread into the toaster this morning I contemplated the relative risk of toast, meandering Trident missiles, the Trump presidency and the busy road junction outside my house. I ate the toast and sent a further contribution to CND. Can’t do anything about the rest (Roast potatoes and toast that’s a bit too brown may cause cancer, say authorities, 23 January).
Angela Barton
Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

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The weekend’s Women’s Marches were historic events that showed the world the depth and passion of the anti-Trump movement. But we have to keep it going

On Saturday night, for Donald Trump’s inauguration ball, police turned an entire grid square of Washington DC into a maze of fences, checkpoints and deserted roads, just to protect the partygoers. But even the cleverest maze has to have an entrance – and it took just a couple of hundred peaceful but courageous protesters to block it. As a result, thousands of rich people had to thread their way across a square mile of wire and concrete in their tuxedos and taffeta.

I know it annoyed them because I walked with them. In the absolute silence, I could hear they were angry and afraid. They looked, collectively, like a George Grosz painting of the Weimar elite come to life.

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Five practical ways to keep the protest going

Marching is the spontaneous-ish expression of energy, among other things; it seems, in the moment, obvious that it can be harnessed and transformed into something more concrete. A day or two later, that seems just as vital, but less self-evident. The momentum of the crowd dissipates and it’s hard to maintain the energy on your own. Nevertheless, you must – stifled solidarity leaves you more than disappointed, it leaves you gripped by an arid fatalism that, if memory serves, ends in thinking Blur v Oasis is more important than people v profit. These are some practical acts, not exhaustive, not all of them exactly acts, and not including direct action.

Related: ‘Millions have done something together’ – why the Women’s March will spark the resistance

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Spain’s foreign minister spoke out against Trump administration’s decision to remove Spanish-language content in a country of 57 million Hispanic people

Spain has expressed concern over the disappearance of the US White House’s Spanish-language website since Donald Trump came to power, saying it was “not a good idea” in a country with millions of Hispanics.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Monday that the website was being updated.

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Royal Courts of Justice begins to hear details of how each of the 30 British victims died during terrorist shooting in Sousse

A couple who loved travelling together “did not stand a chance” when a terrorist opened fire on them as they sunbathed on a Tunisian beach, an inquest has heard.

John and Janet Stocker, aged 74 and 63, were among the 38 tourists killed when gunman Seifeddine Rezgui went on the rampage at the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse.

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While European cities led by Paris and Frankfurt wage campaigns for London’s financial business, some experts predict New York could benefit most of all from the fallout of Brexit on the UK capital

New York and London function as two prongs of one global economy. Banks and other financial companies headquartered in New York usually have their second biggest offices in the British capital, and vice versa.

For years, that’s made economic sense. For London-based companies, New York provides an unparalleled density of financial firms, a regulatory framework in which to do business, and access to non-European markets. London provides much of the same for New York-based companies who need access to European markets.

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Having a say in what your city or neighbourhood should be like is often complicated, time-consuming and full of confusing jargon. A new wave of digital tools are trying to make the process transparent and interactive

Imagine if next time you saw a plan for an oversized monster tower block proposed for your street, you could get out your smartphone and swipe left to oppose it? Or see a carefully designed scheme for a new neighbourhood library and swipe right to support it?

Tinder for urban planning might sound far-fetched, but it is already being trialled in the sun-kissed Californian city of Santa Monica. City authorities are trying to gauge public opinion on everything from street furniture and parking, to murals and market stalls for their forthcoming urban plan, using a digital tool modelled on a dating app.

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Myanmar’s commercial capital is overrun with an estimated 120,000 stray dogs, which attack children and carry the threat of rabies. Mass culling was recently stopped but spay, neuter and vaccinate programmes have yet to start

Zu May Naing was playing with her brother outside their house in Bago Region, close to Myanmar’s commercial capital of Yangon, last month when a pack of stray dogs rounded on the 18-month-old.

Her mother, San Thar Myint, found her lying prone on the ground, bleeding and in shock. “Her temperature was over 100 [degrees fahrenheit] before they got to the operation room,” she says.

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The art of street photography was long dominated by men and the ‘male gaze’, but new project Her Side of the Street celebrates women’s role in the practice

Throughout history, women have often been subject to observation and evaluation from men as they walk down city streets – whether ogled as objects of desire or judged for their appearance or even presence in certain spaces. In literary and social history, men have usually been the ones who watch, rather than be watched; the urban observer which 19th-century poet Baudelaire made famous as the “flâneur”.

In her recent book, Lauren Elkin wrote of the “flâneuse”, the woman who reclaimed power by walking through – and writing about – the city streets in defiance of convention, challenging the cultural assumption at the time that women on the street were either sex workers or homeless.

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Nate Berg tells the story of Rebuild By Design, a competition – and now its own organisation – based on taking a more proactive approach to disaster response in cities; but how far can you prepare for the effects of climate change?

Ten years ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a plan to create what he called “the first environmentally sustainable 21st-century city”. The blueprint, known as PlaNYC and released on Earth Day, outlined more than 100 projects and policies to create that sustainable city by 2030.

It set a precedent for local action on climate change; cities around the world began drafting their own sustainability plans. But then in October 2012, it got a harsh reality check.

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How do you improve a neighbourhood without causing land prices to rise? Residents along a polluted waterway in San Juan set up a community land trust to help save their homes, as well as the environment

For years a graffiti message has appeared throughout San Juan, Puerto Rico’s capital, as an urgent demand: Dragado ya! (meaning “dredging now!”).

Even passersby who have never set foot in the eight barrios making up the Caño Martín Peña community – a large informal settlement along 3.75 miles of canal in the central city – know the message points to the dire need to dredge the waterway, which has become so clogged with refuse that those driving by with the windows down can immediately smell the stagnant waters.

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It’s only a five-minute flight from Kinshasa to its rival city, Brazzaville – but as the DRC slides into a bloody political crisis, an international border, the Congo river and centuries of colonialism continue to separate central Africa’s volatile twins

Sunday morning, and the crowds are thronging the myriad churches on the ragged western edge of Kinshasa. Congregations file into the barn-like halls to hear priests and preachers. Down on the terrace of Chez Tintin, one of Kinshasa’s best known restaurants and nightspots, only fishermen and two tourists from the central town of Kisangani brave the warm, driving rain.

Beyond the plastic tables and chairs, a low brick wall, and the pilgrims, is the Congo. Though 4,500km from its furthest source, the great river is less than 1,000 metres wide at this point, and surges through the narrow bottleneck with tremendous power. The resulting rush of foaming brown water is the reason for the existence, the proximity and the enmity of arguably the world’s two closest capital cities: Kinshasa, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Brazzaville, of the confusingly similarly named Republic of Congo.

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From an elevated 19th-century pneumatic railway to a skyscraper cathedral and a Native American alternative to the Statue of Liberty, Never Built New York chronicles ambitious plans for the city which never saw the light of day

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For 43 years a UN-patrolled no-man’s land has dissected Cyprus’ capital. As Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet for final peace talks, Helena Smith, who grew up on the island, questions whether reunification has a chance

Some call it the dead zone; some a no-man’s land; some the green line. For more than four decades, a United Nations-patrolled buffer zone has bisected Nicosia, running through the middle of the Cypriot capital and dividing its historic heart.

It was a casualty of war: at first, the result of inter-communal fighting that took the form of Turkish Cypriot ghettos in the 60s; then as a no-man’s land between ceasefire lines delineated by little more than what two opposing armies agreed were their last defended positions.

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Headquarters to the Nazis and then the Soviets, the East German military camp of Wünsdorf was once home to 75,000 Soviet men, women and children. Now ‘Little Moscow’ has been abandoned – but one man keeps the memories alive

Rusty keys jangle as Jürgen Naumann searches for the right one. He has 15 on one bunch, 25 on another. The last caretaker of the Red Army’s former headquarters in Germany, he has access to all the buildings in what was once known as the Forbidden City – and remains a restricted area 23 years after the last Russian troops left for good.

“You get to know the keys over the years,” Naumann says. But it still takes a while to locate the right one. A dull click, and the door creaks open to reveal a dimly lit hall with marble tiles. Naumann’s footsteps echo across the empty space as he switches on the electricity, illuminating two panoramas: one showing Soviet Moscow, the other Alexanderplatz in East Berlin, two huge photos from a world that no longer exists.

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Campaigners warn Trump’s reinstatement of a policy cutting aid to organisations who offer abortion services will devastate family planning provision

Each day she sets out to speak to young girls about family planning, Elizabeth Akoth, 23, sees how myths about the use of contraceptives are entrenched in her western Kenyan community.

When she explains the various methods they can use to prevent unintended pregnancies, they ask searching questions such as, “Is it true drugs offered for family planning can lead to death?” and “Do they even work?”

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Bidi Bidi camp was opened six months ago but already hosts a fifth of all the South Sudanese fleeing violence and hunger in their home country

Moses Roba still has the scar on his face from when the glass shattered. It runs around the outside of his right eye, starting at the tip of his eyebrow and curving down to the top of his cheekbone. He got it, he says, when rebels opposed to South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir attacked his car near his home in the small border town of Nimule. The rebels wanted to steal the vehicle, he claims. But he said no.

“I refused, so they shoot me, they shoot the vehicle,” he says. A piece of glass sliced through the side of his face, missing his eye by a centimetre. His car was torched.
After that, Roba decided to leave his home country and, along with his wife and three children, made the short but perilous journey south into Uganda.

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The status of refugees is not recognised in Thailand, leaving the few hundred Syrians there unable to work or go to school, at constant risk of deportation

After prayers, Nassr, 58, lights one of the 60 cigarettes he will smoke that day. “It’s the stress,” he shrugs apologetically. “The tension of being an illegal refugee in Thailand.”

As the minaret’s call fades, the noise from Bangkok’s khlong boats intensifies as they carry commuters along the waterways. Together with two Iraqi friends Nassr, a Palestinian Syrian, watches the bustle, wishing he could get a job.

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Head of Save the Children urges British government to increase pressure on Saudi Arabia to protect children in Yemen facing extreme deprivation

The British government should increase diplomatic efforts with Saudi Arabia to defend children facing a desperate situation in Yemen, the head of Save the Children has said.

Speaking on his return from Yemen, where civil war and a sea blockade has pushed the country to the brink of famine, Kevin Watkins said there had been a “singular failure to deploy British soft power to defend children’s rights that are being violated on a daily basis”.

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Donald Trump’s scepticism about climate change makes it vital that the case for better planning and preparation is articulated in a politically astute way

Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president poses a grave threat to the major progress made in the battle against climate change over the past decade. The top 20 things that Trump has pledged to “get rid of” include US commitment to the Paris climate agreement and payments to the UN climate fund, which helps developing countries tackle global warming.

Those working to help poorer states adapt to the impact of climate change and become more resilient to its effects must emulate the approach adopted by the global green movement, which is preparing to fight its corner in the struggle to limit the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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Faced by a huge challenge, international donors and aid organisations converging on Helsinki to discuss the Syrian aid response will need ambition and innovation

In March it will be six years since the start of Syria’s descent into ruinous conflict. We can hope that the latest ceasefire and talks generate progress towards ending the war. But we must also be realistic about how long it will take to reach effective peace.

Meanwhile, the millions of men, women and children whose lives have been uprooted by the conflict need to find ways to live and pursue their ambitions and aspirations. They require housing, jobs, education and healthcare – and the communities and countries that are hosting them need support to make this possible.

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Awareness campaign aims to stop trafficking and black market trade in body parts by reminding doctors to ask bereaved families about organ donation

Doctors in India are to get text alerts reminding them to ask families to donate the organs of deceased loved ones as part of a campaign to solve the country’s organ shortage, which has fuelled a black market trade.

The drive, “Poochna mat bhoolo” – “Don’t forget to ask” in Hindi – will target 300,000 doctors. It represents the latest in a string of awareness campaigns in India after a kidney racket involving a poor woman was uncovered at a top Mumbai hospital last year.

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Kutubdia’s islanders don’t have much of a carbon footprint – most don’t have regular electricity. But they are facing the reality of a changing climate, and soon tens of millions of their fellow Bangladeshis will be at risk

A row of mangrove trees sticking out of the sand, exposed by low tide off Kutubdia island in the Bay of Bengal, is all that remains of a coastal village that for generations was home to 250 families. The villagers were forced to flee as their land, which had been slowly eroding for decades, was finally engulfed by the ever-rising tide five years ago.

For the embattled people of Ali Akbar Dial, a collection of disappearing villages on the southern tip of the island in Bangladesh, the distant trees serve as a bittersweet reminder of what they have lost and a warning of what is come. The low-lying island of Kutubdia has one of the fastest-ever sea level rises recorded in the world, placing it bang on the front line of climate change, and the islanders are fighting a battle they fear is already lost.

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Kutubdia, an island of fishing villages and salt farms, has halved in size in 20 years, with family homes destroyed by ever-encroaching tides. In nearby Cox’s Bazar, more frequent storms have had a severe impact on fishermen’s catches

All photographs by Noor Alam/Majority World

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Aid workers in Borno state say displaced people living in camps have no plans to go back home despite government claims that insurgents have been defeated

The homecoming of tens of thousand of Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency has been prevented by enduring fear of the Islamists and reluctance to return to areas of the country’s north-east devastated by the campaign against the militants, according to aid workers.

The continued threat posed by Boko Haram was underlined on Monday when twin suicide bombings killed two people at a university in Maiduguri. The city is the provincial capital of Nigeria’s north-east Borno state, the epicentre of the group’s seven-year campaign to create a regional Islamic caliphate.

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In the country’s southern marshes, the government is helping families to rebuild their floating communities, 25 years after the land was drained

The morning of 20 January 1992 began much like any other for the Mohammed family in the marshlands of southern Iraq. Rising at first light, they roused their herd of buffaloes and drove the beasts snorting and protesting into the surrounding wetlands to graze. After a quick breakfast of bread and yoghurt, washed down with sugary tea, they readied themselves for a long day out on the water.

But on that day, one of the coldest on record, five-year-old Hanaa and her mother caught no fish and gathered no reeds. No sooner had they paddled past the last of their neighbours’ floating reed houses than a squadron of government fighter jets emerged from the mist, guns blazing. They reduced the artificial islets to embers, and killed many of the buffaloes. Not content with shooting up a few villages as punishment for locals’ alleged harbouring of defeated Shia rebels, Saddam Hussein soon dispatched his engineers to divert the Tigris and Euphrates rivers away from the marshes. The effects were disastrous. By the turn of the last century, the Middle East’s largest wetlands had withered from a peak of 20,000 sq km to almost nothing.

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Chair of international development committee calls progress ‘disappointing’ as government rejects proposals that followed 2016 anti-corruption summit

The British government is failing to live up to promises to tackle corruption, according to the chair of the international development committee, Stephen Twigg.

On Monday the government rejected recommendations made by the international development committee (IDC) in the wake of a major anti-corruption summit hosted in London last year by the former prime minister David Cameron. These included the introduction of country-by-country reporting of multinationals’ profits and payments.

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Intensifying ethnic conflict in South Sudan has led UN investigators to warn that the country is on the brink of genocide. More than a million people have fled the country to neighbouring states, while many more have taken shelter in UN camps such as Malakal, home to more than 33,000 people

All photographs: Kate Holt/Unicef

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The implications of the US’s reinstatement of the global gag rule, plus how African women are joining forces to improve their lot

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Women’s rights have topped the agenda over the past week. Our video explainer spells out the implications of the “global gag rule”, which has just been reinstated by the Trump administration. Campaigners say it will deny access to life-saving family planning and sexual and reproductive health services, and endanger the lives of millions of women around the world.

Across Africa, where one in five women already lacks access to contraception, feminists are forming a united front and championing women’s rights. Our latest podcast highlights those working to bring about gender equality across the continent.

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From incessant rains to flooded rice fields, the economic impact of global warming has been keenly felt in the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar

Bangladesh is already one of the most climate vulnerable nations in the world, and global warming will bring more floods, stronger cyclones. At the dry fish yards, close to the airport at the coastal town of Cox’s Bazar, women are busy sorting fish to dry in the sun. They say the process, which begins in October, can continue through to February or March if the weather is good.

But Aman Ullah Shawdagor, a dry fish businessman who employs 70 people, says high tides and seasonal changes have hit his business hard. Last year there were four cyclones, more than ever before. In 2015, there was only one.

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Mandate may have potentially unintended consequences for one of Trump’s most aggressive policy reform platforms: tough immigration enforcement

On his “first working day” in office, Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum to freeze hiring of non-military federal workers in a move applauded by small government conservatives and lambasted by public sector workers.

The order mandates that “no vacant positions existing at noon on January 22, 2017 may be filled and no new positions may be created” until the president implements a longer term plan to cut the federal government workforce by attrition.

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The latest attempt to end the six-year conflict has been organised by Russia and Turkey and begins in the Kazakh capital

Key parties in Syria’s brutal civil war, now stretching towards the end of its sixth year, will meet in the Kazakh capital of Astana this week for a new round of peace talks.

Organised by Russia and Turkey, and backed by Iran, these are the latest in many attempts to shift Syria’s conflict from battlefield to negotiating table.

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Defeat has sharpened divisions within the Democratic party – and while they oppose Trump, it is unclear how far they’re willing to go

For two days, crowds have filled the long, grassy expanse of the National Mall in Washington DC: Friday for Donald Trump’s inauguration, and Saturday for the Women’s March (a sort of counter-inaugural).

The mood of the inauguration’s mass assembly of red Make America Great Again caps was triumphant, while the sea of knitted pink “pussy hats” proclaims a spirit of resistance. But since Democrats have limited power to stop the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress from carrying out their will, the left’s brave assertions of resistance carry an undertone of anger and despondency.

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Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross are competent and knowledgable – they just don’t sound like they will lead the type of upheaval that Trump promised

“We are transferring power … back to you, the people,” Donald Trump told the nation on Friday. “For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.” Not any more, he pledged.

Well, now the work begins, and last week we got the first chance to see the men, Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, most charged with fulfilling Trump’s vow.

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Caution in China, sorrow and anger in Mexico, cork-popping in Moscow – here are some of the global responses to Friday’s power handover

Germany will need a new economic strategy geared toward Asia should the new US administration start a trade war with China, vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said, warning of a “rough ride” hours after Donald Trump was sworn in.

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Guardian US writers examine President Trump’s take on national security, the economy, climate change, healthcare, justice, immigration and gender

Donald Trump’s economic nationalism was on full display in his inauguration speech. The president spoke of the “American carnage” he claims has been wrought on America, leaving “rusted out factories scattered like tombstones” across a nation with “little to celebrate”, and blamed it on the outsourcing of US jobs. “America first” will be his presiding philosophy.

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The new president lamented aiding other countries at the supposed expense of the US, in inaugural speech that emphasised counter-terrorism

In his inaugural address, Donald Trump did not just promise to change his own country, he pledged to “determine the course of America and the world for many, many years to come”.

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Braggart and bigot now in control of the world’s most powerful military and economy. Fear and malevolence won

Even the heavens wept. As Donald Trump stepped forward to become America’s 45th president the cold shower that broke over Washington offered no end of metaphors. His address, however, was literal to a fault. There was no higher calling, no sense of a greater purpose, no florid imagery or impassioned idealism. This was as crude and unapologetic an appeal to nationalism as one might expect from a man incapable of rising to an occasion without first refracting it through his ego.

It is said that presidents campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Trump campaigned in graffiti – the profane scrawls of a mindless vandal – and, if his inaugural address was anything to go by, may yet govern in tweets – the impulsive, abbreviated interventions of a narcissist.

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Donald Trump takes office when there is reported to be a broad investigation into possible collusion between the Kremlin and campaign officials

President Donald Trump takes office in circumstances unlike any in US history. He assumes executive authority, and his nuclear launch codes are being activated at a time when there is reported to be a broad, multi-agency investigation into possible collusion between the Kremlin and officials on his campaign.

US intelligence agencies have already concluded that Vladimir Putin interfered in the presidential election in Trump’s favour. The night before his inauguration, the New York Times quoted current and former senior US officials as saying that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of their inquiries.

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer addressed the ongoing controversy over his claims about the attendance numbers for Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony at length during his first official briefing on Monday, saying ‘sometimes we can disagree with facts’. Spicer said he intended to always be honest in his post before criticizing the media for its ‘demoralizing’ coverage of the new president

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Sean Spicer, the press secretary for the Trump administration, appeared before the world’s media on Monday to hold his first White House briefing, and spent more than an hour answering questions from journalists. The topics varied widely, ranging from President Trump’s priorities in dealing with immigration to the decision to reimplement an executive order banning federal funding for international organizations that provide abortions. Spicer also hinted that the US would defend international waters to stop China from “taking over” the South China Sea

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In a spate of executive orders signed in his first few days as president, Donald Trump withdrew the US from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, beginning his efforts to dismantle Barack Obama’s legacy. Trump also approved a hiring freeze on non-military federal workers and a ban on funding for international groups that provide abortions

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Real estate developer Bruce Makowsky has unveiled a $250m mansion that he describes as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. Located on Los Angeles’s 924 Bel Air Road, the 38,000 sq ft property has 12 bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, five bars, a fleet of luxury vehicles, an 85-foot Italian glass infinity pool, a James Bond-themed indoor cinema and a bowling alley

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President Trump held a meeting with the CEOs of several major US companies on Monday and told them they can expect ‘such great service’ from his administration if they agree to manufacture more of their products domestically. Pledging to massively cut business taxes, Trump also promised to expedite any planning requests for new factories over environmental regulations which often ‘make it impossible to get anything built’

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Red dunes turn white as record snowfall blankets desert near town of Aïn Séfra in Algeria

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Rescuers take three puppies to safety on Monday after they were found in the rubble of the Italian hotel that was hit by an avalanche. Officials say the discovery of three shaggy white Abruzzo sheepdog pups meant there were still air pockets in the collapsed building, raising hopes that some of the people still missing could be found alive

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President Donald Trump will not publish his tax returns, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway has told ABC’s This Week. This means Trump will break a 40-year tradition and not show Americans the extent of his financial interests and obligations. And it contradicts Trump’s repeated claims before the election that he would release them

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