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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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The Guardian, New York Times, CNN and more were barred from ‘gaggle’ hours after Trump once again called much of the media an ‘enemy of American people’

The White House barred several news organizations from an off-camera press briefing on Friday, handpicking a select group of reporters that included a number of conservative outlets friendly toward Donald Trump.

The “gaggle” with Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, took place in lieu of his daily briefing and was originally scheduled as an on-camera event.

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French financial state prosecutor’s office announces further investigation of right-wing presidential candidate

François Fillon, the right-wing French presidential candidate, is to be the subject of a full judicial inquiry over allegations that he paid family members for fake parliamentary assistant jobs.

Related: Penelopegate: my part in the François Fillon scandal

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Kuala Lumpur airport terminal to be decontaminated after deadly attack on North Korean leader’s half-brother

Kim Jong-nam was killed using the highly toxic liquid nerve agent VX, Malaysian police have said.

One of the two women suspected of involvement in the poisoning vomited in police custody and was also suffering the effects of VX, which is only usually used in chemical warfare, the inspector general, Khalid Abu Bakar, said.

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Interior secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong says ‘there is no chance’ it will accept deported immigrants amid tensions in US-Mexico relations

The Mexican government made clear to visiting US emissaries that it will not accept deportees from third countries under any circumstances, the interior secretary said on Friday.

Related: Mexicans fear Trump deportation plan will lead to refugee camps along border

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At least 42 civilians and rebel fighters killed near blast in al-Bab, a crucial strategic area vacated this week by Islamic State

Dozens of people have been killed in a car bomb blast near to al-Bab, the Syrian town which Islamic State forces were this week driven from after a major battle with Turkey-backed rebels.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said the dead included civilians and fighters from the Euphrates Shield operation – an alliance of Syrian groups backed by Turkish firepower and special forces troops which has been battling Isis in the region since last summer.

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France accused of not doing enough to counter threat of aggressive bull sharks after eighth person in six years is killed

Two of the world’s top surfers have urged France to launch a major cull of sharks in the waters off Réunion after the eighth fatal attack since 2011.

Kelly Slater, crowned world champion 11 times, and Jeremy Flores, who grew up on the island, accused French authorities of not doing enough to counter the threat of aggressive bull sharks, described by local surfers as “war machines”.

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Where scandals have wounded François Fillon, accusations slide off Front National candidate without denting her vote

On a busy shopping street in the Paris constituency of the scandal-hit French presidential candidate François Fillon, the word corruption was creeping into the smalltalk.

“All French politicians are corrupt,” said a 52-year-old pharmacist, sighing. “Some scandals come to light, others stay hidden, but 100% of politicians are up to no good – everywhere, not only in France.”

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Nelson Mandela Foundation accuses authorities of ‘giving permission for march of hatred’ after demonstrations in Pretoria

South African police have used stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon to try to disperse anti-immigration protesters in the capital, Pretoria, and keep them from foreign nationals who had gathered to express alarm about recent attacks.

A police official said 136 people had been arrested in the past 24 hours.

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Optional scheme allows employees clock off early, with government hoping the move will boost consumer spending

It is supposed to be a rare opportunity for Japan’s harried workers to clock off early and go home to their families – or, if the government gets its way, help boost consumer spending in the world’s third biggest economy.

In a country where many employees are more accustomed to burning the midnight oil rather than carousing Tokyo’s bars during daylight hours, Japan’s first Premium Friday has received a mixed response.

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Steven Cook’s skeleton found down well more than a decade after he went missing on first holiday without his parents

Human remains found in a well in Crete have been confirmed as those of British holidaymaker Steven Cook, who went missing on the island more than a decade ago after a night out.

The then 20-year-old, from Sandbach in Cheshire, was staying in Malia with friends – his first holiday without his family – in 2005 and was last seen in a bar asking for directions to his hotel after leaving a pub alone.

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Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged in the attack that occurred in a Kansas bar on Thursday, but the tech worker’s death has not yet been deemed a hate crime

An Indian-born engineer was shot dead in a Kansas bar on Thursday, the authorities said, and witnesses told reporters that the gunman shouted “go back to your country” before opening fire.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and his friend Alok Madasani, both employees at tech company Garmin, were having a drink at a bar on Thursday when a man allegedly shouted racist slurs at the pair and started shooting. Adam Purinton, 51, was charged with murder. Kuchibhotla, who was an aviation systems engineer, died in the hospital. Madasani and Ian Grillot, a third man who had stepped in to defend the pair, were injured.

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US president risks ratcheting up tensions with latest currency claims and repetition of desire for nuclear supremacy

Beijing has hit back at Donald Trump after the US president risked reigniting a simmering feud with China by accusing it of being the “grand champion” of currency manipulation.

After months of turbulence and uncertainty between the world’s two biggest economies, relations appeared to settle two weeks ago after the US president and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, held their first phone conversation since the billionaire’s inauguration.

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Akie Abe’s links to kindergarten under intense scrutiny in Japan after reports it bought state land at a knockdown price

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, and his wife, Akie, have attempted to distance themselves from an ultra-nationalist educational institution mired in allegations of racism and a sweetheart land deal.

Akie Abe’s links to Moritomo Gakuen, a private kindergarten in Osaka, have come under scrutiny after the media reported that the preschool had bought state-owned land at a seventh of its listed price for a primary school it plans to open in April. She stepped down as honorary principal of the primary school on Friday, soon after it had removed her message of support from its website.

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Isis’s hold weakens as Iraqi troops plan last big push to retake Mosul while loss of al-Bab is big blow to terror group in Syria

Battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria continued to splinter Islamic State’s hold on both countries on Thursday, with Mosul airport seized by advancing Iraqi forces and the town of al-Bab finally falling to Syrian rebels.

Backed heavily by Turkey, rebels said they had recaptured nearly all of al-Bab, which had remained Isis’s westernmost stronghold throughout five months of intensive fighting and a key target of the war against the terror group.

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Chief White House strategist pushes economic nationalist agenda at CPAC and continues relentless attacks on media, vowing: ‘Every day is going to be a fight’

Steve Bannon, the man seen as the power behind Donald Trump’s throne, has declared that the president will take the US back from a “corporatist, globalist media” that opposes his brand of economic nationalism.

Related: CPAC 2017 live: Steve Bannon says Trump 'maniacally focused' on keeping promises

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  • US secretary of state and homeland security chief hold talks in Mexico
  • Tillerson admits differences as president defends deportation policy

Donald Trump issued a staunch defence of his expanded deportation policy on Thursday, claiming his administration was getting “bad dudes out of this country”, further souring an already tense visit to Mexico by his secretaries of state and homeland security.

The president made his remarks at a business forum in Washington while Rex Tillerson, his secretary of state, was meeting his Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray.

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Dutch far-right leader stops campaigning in public for March polls after a member of his security team is arrested

The Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders and his populist Freedom party have suspended all public campaigning for next month’s parliamentary elections following an alleged security leak.

Wilders, current frontrunner for the Netherlands’ general elections, to be held on 15 March, said on Twitter: “Very alarming news. The PVV is suspending its public activities until all facts in connection with the corruption investigation are known.”

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Syrian women gather at UN headquarters wanting to know if their sons, brothers and husbands are alive or dead

With the first day of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva bogged down in a row over the composition of the opposition delegation, five Syrian women stood outside the UN headquarters to remind the negotiators of what was at stake.

They held large photographs of missing sons, brothers and husbands, and had a simple request: to know their relatives’ whereabouts, and whether they were dead or alive.

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Senator Leila de Lima taken into custody on charges of drug trafficking, outraging supporters and human rights activists

The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the “sociopathic serial killer”.

Related: Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

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Ministers say scale of looting by autocratic former leader Yahya Jammeh was much higher than originally thought and that he left country $1bn in debt

The former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh stole far more money from the state than previously thought, the new government has alleged, leaving the country with a “monstrous debt” of more than $1bn.

The autocratic former leader of the small west African country siphoned off at least $50m from social security, the country’s ports, and the national telecoms company, according to two senior ministers in new president Adama Barrow’s government.

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Enda Kenny says deal should allow for Northern Ireland to rejoin EU should it be united with Irish Republic

Ireland wants a special provision in any Brexit deal to allow Northern Ireland to rejoin the EU should it be united with the Republic.

The taoiseach, Enda Kenny, said in Brussels that the deal between the EU and the UK should include language that would allow the north to easily return to the bloc.

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Rodrigo Rato found guilty of misuse of corporate credit cards issued by banks whose near collapse sparked EU bailout

The former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for misusing corporate credit cards while in charge of two leading Spanish banks at the height of the country’s financial crisis.

Rato, also a former a Spanish economy minister and deputy prime minister, was found guilty on Thursday of embezzlement, at the end of a five-month trial at Spain’s national court.

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Talks with former US officials reportedly called off after Pyongyang envoy denied a visa in wake of missile test and Kim Jong-nam murder

Plans for the first contact between North Korea and the United States after Donald Trump took office have reportedly been cancelled after the US state department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang.

The talks, between senior North Korean foreign ministry envoy Choe Son Hui and former US officials, were scheduled to take place on 1 and 2 March in New York but were called off after Choe was denied a visa, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

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Bi-annual report on former colony saying confidence in its systems is under threat comes after repeated interventions from Beijing

Developments in Hong Kong have affected confidence in the city’s autonomy, though its rule of law remained robust “despite challenges”, the British government has said.

Britain handed the former colony back to China in 1997 with guarantees it would retain extensive autonomy, an independent legal system and broad personal and commercial freedoms under a deal known as “one country, two systems”.

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The novice had only trained on wheels before arriving in Finland to compete in the Nordic world ski championships

First there was Eddie the Eagle, then Cool Runnings. Now there’s Adrian Solano, a Venezuelan skier whose only training for tackling the Nordic world ski championships in Finland was using wheels beneath the bright sun.

Having never trained on snow, Solano wobbled nervously backward as he exited the starting gate at the FIS cross-country championships this week. He fumbled into the white powder after sliding down a small hill. And he tried awkwardly walking up an incline while others raced past him.

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Author of Possum Magic was aggressively questioned for two hours over her visa status and later recieved an apology for her treatment by border guards

Australian childrens’ book author Mem Fox has suggested she might never to return to the US after she was detained and insulted by border control agents at Los Angeles airport.

Fox, who is famous worldwide for her best-selling books including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Possum Magic, was en route to a conference in Milwaukee earlier this month when she was stopped.

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Dozens of doctors and nurses from the Loreto Mare hospital put under house arrest after investigation into staff repeatedly skipping work

Doctors and nurses are among 94 hospital workers from Naples who have been placed under investigation on suspicion of repeatedly skipping work, police have said .

One supervisor at the Loreto Mare hospital was found working as a chef in a hotel, while an on-duty doctor was spotted playing tennis and going shopping. Two health workers were caught clocking in 20 colleagues each day to make it look like they were on the job.

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FBI investigation into whether the shooting of two Indian men was a hate crime also raised questions about the White House’s rhetoric around immigration

The FBI is investigating whether the shooting of two Indian men at a bar in Kansas could be a hate crime, amid reports that the gunman harassed the victims before opening fire on Wednesday night.

Related: Man charged with killing Indian said to have shouted 'go back to your country'

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I was already used to abuse, but my post about a Russian military plane crash sparked a frightening campaign against me

I can tell you what political harassment feels like in Putin’s Russia. Like many dissidents I am used to abuse, but a recent campaign against me was so personal, so scary, that I was forced to flee.

Two months ago, a Russian plane transporting the world-famous military choir Alexandrov Ensemble crashed into the Black Sea en route to Syria. They were travelling to perform for pilots involved in Russia’s air campaign on Aleppo.

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Strongmen are back in vogue, but these six people are determined to defy the despots

These are trying times. We live in an age of autocracy when strongmen (they are almost always men) abuse their power to silence their critics, use brute force to stop people championing the vulnerable and rob people of their agency in the pursuit of power.

In a world flooded with triumphant nationalist statements and declarations of war, who speaks for the other side? Who is willing to risk solitary confinement and be torn from loved ones to speak for the voiceless?

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The chaos of eastern Ukraine has taken a heavy toll on this Soviet-era winery, which once supplied more than half the country

You would not know from Yuri’s calm demeanour, as he describes the bubbles rising in his champagne flute, that that we are only a few miles from the frontlines in eastern Ukraine.

Related: Violence flares in war-weary Ukraine as US dithers and Russia pounces

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From imprisoned journalists to the forthcoming referendum, tell us how the current climate is affecting you

Turkey, once held up as an exemplar of secular democracy in the Muslim world, is now the world’s biggest prison for journalists. Since he came to power in 2014, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slowly tightened his grip on freedom of expression, choking his critics.

Editors of national newspapers now face life sentences for working “against the state”. People have been arrested for Facebook posts criticising the government and last week over 4,400 public servants were sacked in an act branded by critics as a witchhunt targeting the political opposition.

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Mass walkout over reneged 2013 deal on boosting pay and staffing has left patients untreated and medical union leaders in jail

Kenya’s hospitals have almost ground to a halt, with millions facing a third month in a row without healthcare as doctors strike over low pay and poor working conditions.

The public healthcare system has long been overburdened and underfunded, but has now virtually stopped functioning after 5,000 doctors walk out in December after attempts to reach a compromise with the health ministry stalled.

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How Aisha Bakari Gombi, ‘queen hunter’ in the fight against the world’s deadliest terror group, became a heroine in north Nigeria

As seven abducted women and four children were being taken deeper into Sambisa forest, Aisha Bakari Gombi received a call.

The voice was familiar: an army commander asking her to assemble a group of hunters to track them down.

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Andrei Zhukov praised by activists for singlehandedly identifying every NKVD officer involved in 1930s arrests and killings

For two decades, starting in 1993, Andrei Zhukov went down into a Moscow archive at least three days a week, spending hour after hour leafing through thousands of orders issued by the NKVD, Joseph Stalin’s secret police, searching for the names and ranks of the organisation’s officers.

The result is the first comprehensive survey of the NKVD men responsible for carrying out Stalin’s “Great Terror” of 1937 and 1938, in which about 1.5 million people were arrested and 700,000 shot. While it is not the first study into the senior leadership of the NKVD, this is the first time that everyone – from the investigators to the executioners – has been identified. There are just over 40,000 names on the list.

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Extent of crisis becomes clear as children of women caught up in tik epidemic struggle with hyperactivity and aggression

Justin Summers has a mop of curly brown hair and enjoys playing marbles. Aged seven, he is on the cusp of starting his 12-year journey through South Africa’s education system.

But before he’s even started, the outlook for his education is dire. His ability to learn has been severely compromised because his mother, Agnes, used methamphetamine while pregnant with him. She is now expecting her fifth child, and is still using the narcotic.

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A small group of Buddhists led by a veteran of the USSR’s Afghan war has spent 21 years establishing a monastery in the Ural mountains. It sits on land claimed by a company belonging to one of Russia’s most powerful oligarchs. After years of delays, a date has now been set for the complex’s removal. Photojournalist Amos Chapple visited the monastery for RFE/RL

A 7km forest trail leads up to the monastery on the summit of Mount Kachkanar, which rises 888 metres above sea level. After heavy snowfall, the hike can take up to seven hours.

Teams travel by sled down the mountain to collect supplies.

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Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, set to win new term, sings on TV and participates in, and wins, cycle and horse races

There is little doubt that Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, will win a new term in office in elections set for later this month. The question is what the dictatorial leader will get up to during the campaign.

This week, he was pictured giving a rendition of an apparently self-written song to a group of workers in the country, accompanying himself on the guitar.

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Both left and right are promoting the idea of a basic wage for everyone, currently on trial, as a solution to the new world of work

When he got the letter after Christmas saying he was entitled to an unconditional income of €560 (£478) a month, Mika Ruusunen couldn’t believe his luck. “At first I thought it was a joke. I had to read it many times. I looked for any evidence it might be false.”

But the father of two was not the victim of a scam. He has been selected to take part in an experiment being run by the Finnish government, in which 2,000 unemployed people between the ages of 25 and 58 will receive a guaranteed sum – a “basic income” – of €560 a month for two years. It replaces their unemployment benefit, but they will continue to receive it whether or not they find work. The government hopes it will encourage the unemployed to take on part-time work without worrying about losing their benefits.

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Three teenagers were found working in slave-like conditions at former nuclear bunker in Wiltshire, police say

A vast marijuana farm discovered in a former nuclear bunker in Wiltshire was staffed by trafficked Vietnamese teenagers working in slave-like conditions, police say.

The three teenagers, the youngest of whom was initially thought to be 15, and one adult in his 30s, were found working as gardeners inside the 1980s bunker after a midnight raid on Wednesday.

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Politicians attack environment ministry’s decision to stop serving meat and fish at official functions as ‘nanny state’ move

Politicians and policy wonks were forced to do a double take when they stormed the buffet at the German government’s symposium on “exporting green technology” in Berlin this month.

Instead of the salami rolls, cocktail sausages or goulash soups one would ordinarily expect at similar functions in the German capital, the lunchtime menu offered Belgian endives with caramelised apple, celery escalope with honeyed carrots and a soya vegetable lasagne.

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Permanent resident visa to be granted to Nasrin Haque and her daughter after assistant immigration minister intervenes

A 16-year-old girl with autism, whose application for permanent Australian residency was allegedly rejected over her “moderate developmental delay”, has been spared imminent deportation.

Sydney schoolgirl Sumaya Bhuiyan has autism spectrum disorder and, according to the Australian Medical Association, her application in 2013 for permanent residency was rejected as her condition was considered “too burdensome” for taxpayers.

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Crisis meeting called after at least 70 known cases of the viral disease are reported, including at least 10 asylum seekers and refugees held by Australia

Nauru and Australian immigration officials have called a crisis meeting as a major dengue fever outbreak threatens to overwhelm the Pacific island nation’s public health system.

Guardian Australia understands there are now at least 70 known cases of dengue on Nauru, including at least 10 asylum seekers and refugees held on the island by Australia.

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The leader of the world’s most populous Muslim country will have talks with business leader and dinner at Malcolm Turnbull’s house in Sydney

The Indonesian president Joko Widodo has arrived in Sydney on his first visit to Australia as his nation’s leader.

The president and first lady Iriana Widodo landed in rainy conditions and clutched umbrellas as they greeted Australian officials on the Sydney airport tarmac.

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Trans rights are being rolled back and – in case you forgot – sexual harassment at work is still uber bad in America

As part of the Trump administration’s never-ending race to the bottom, this week they rescinded federal guidance that mandated trans youth have access to the correct bathrooms and changing rooms at schools. Their cowardly excuse was “states’ rights” but the truth is that reversing protections for trans people – students especially – have been at the top of the conservative agenda for quite some time.

One of the many abhorrent things about this is the way the right invokes the protection of women as an excuse to discriminate against a marginalized community: they insist that women and girls will be in danger if trans women are allowed to be in the same bathroom. Nevermind that it’s trans people who are at increased risk for violence in public spaces, bathrooms especially.

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The president’s oblique reference to ‘what’s happening in Sweden’ referred to a Fox News report on crime and refugees – but the data paints a different picture

Last weekend, as many Swedes were watching the latest round of selections for their Eurovision song contest entry, Donald Trump referenced their country in a speech to his supporters.

“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden!” he said.

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Neil Acourt was described as ‘man at the top’ of a scheme to funnel cannabis into northern England

A former suspect in the murder of Stephen Lawrence has been jailed for more than six years over a £4m drug plot.

Neil Acourt was arrested but not prosecuted for the racist murder of the black 18-year-old, who was stabbed to death by a group of white men in Eltham in 1993, but he now faces a spell in prison after he and his six-member gang were caught “red-handed” with 100kg of cannabis.

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The supreme court has erred in backing the unfair government ruling on the £18,600 minimum annual income requirements for entry to the UK of non-EU spouses (Report, 22 February). This ruling has always been morally wrong and unjustified. Contrary to Home Office assertions, it has had negligible impact on the drive to reduce net migration and it has not worked in the national interest. Non-EU spouses have rarely been a burden to UK finances. The standing rule that they are not allowed recourse to public funds is sufficient to cover this.

I brought my Filipino wife here ahead of the ruling, when our income was below the existing threshold. She gained employment immediately, studied intensely, and built herself a good future, buying our house in her own name three years ago. We plan to start a family very soon. Under the current rules, this country would have lost a valuable long-term asset, as it is now doing by effectively barring thousands of willing and able workers and their offspring from the country. It is particularly unfair considering that EU migrants, with no ties or allegiances to the UK, have virtually unrestricted access.

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The Guardian thinks it’s vital to explore the many facets of the growing opposition to the Trump administration. As we do so, we want to hear from you

In the past four months, millions of Americans have become politically engaged around one idea: the need to resist Donald Trump.

From the women’s marches, to airport protests, to attending local town hall meetings, people across the country have been seeking out ways to curb what they see as the damaging actions of an unpredictable president.

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Pennsylvania judge rules that prosecutors cannot call 12 other women to try to show that the 79-year-old comedian has a history of ‘bad acts’

A judge will let only one other accuser testify at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial to bolster charges that the actor drugged and molested a woman at his estate near Philadelphia.

The pivotal ruling on Friday by a Pennsylvania judge means prosecutors cannot call 12 other women to try to show that the 79-year-old comedian has a history of similar “bad acts”.

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VX killing of Kim Jong-nam is precedent that can’t be allowed to stand – yet options of international community seem limited

Like a reckless gambler who does not know his limit, Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s dictator, has raised the international stakes by using VX nerve gas – a banned, chemical-based weapon of mass destruction – to assassinate his half-brother at a Malaysian airport.

The US, China and neighbours such as South Korea and Japan have tried to contain or ignore Kim’s illegal nuclear weapons and missile-building activities since 2011. There will now be calls for them to sharply escalate their response, but in reality it is not clear what the international community can do to rein in what is already a pariah state.

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As carnival begins, organisers and revellers are tackling everything from sexism and homophobia to Trump and Rousseff

Brazil’s notoriously bacchanalian carnival is more political than usual this year with organisers and revellers tackling sexism, homophobia, Donald Trump and the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff.

The mood was evident at Occupy Carnival and anti-government parades in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Rio ahead of the world’s biggest street party, which officially starts on Friday.

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Declared a weapon of mass destruction by the UN, the banned chemical agent is more potent than any other

Malaysian police have revealed that the nerve agent VX was used to kill Kim Jong-nam when he was attacked at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport.

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Rosemary Adaser was one of many mixed-race children considered illegitimate who was brought up in institutions run by the Catholic church in Ireland between the 1950s and 1970s. She tells of the abuse and racist treatment she suffered, and returns to her school in Kilkenny for the first time in 40 years and attempts to answer questions about her past

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Senior C of E theologian calls on Philip North to stand aside before consecration to avoid ‘public damage to the church’

A senior Church of England theologian has called on the newly appointed bishop of Sheffield to stand aside ahead of his consecration, saying his opposition to female priests will “cause significant pastoral and public damage to the church”.

Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church, Oxford, urged Philip North to either renounce his membership of the Society, a C of E organisation that rejects female priests, or decline his nomination as bishop of Sheffield, which was announced last month.

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Opening ceremony sees debutantes performing classical dances. With the ball still hugely popular in Austria, it attracts big TV audiences, celebrity guests – and the president

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Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of Kim Jong-un, died from a seizure en route to hospital on 13 February after complaining that a woman had sprayed chemicals on his face at Kuala Lumpur international airport. It is believed North Korea was behind the assassination, and four people have so far been detained by Malaysian authorities

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Blow for Corbyn as Tories grab Copeland … nerve agent VX was used to kill Kim Jong-nam … and children eating five doughnuts’ worth of sugar a day

Hello, Warren Murray here, bringing you the pick of the news this morning.

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Decision to ban new HRW director from working in Israel is an ‘ominous turn’ and puts country in same league as North Korea says NGO

Israel is refusing to issue visas to the international staff of one of the most prominent international human rights NGOs - Human Rights Watch – accusing the group of an “extreme, hostile and anti-Israel agenda.”

The Israeli accusations against the organisation, which documents human rights abuses around the globe, follows a growth in official hostility to local human rights activists under the right wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

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In Rudong, where a third of the population is over 60, a university for older people is one solution to a changing demographic

It has been dubbed the “grey wall of China”, a demographic shift so big you can almost see it from space.

The world’s most populous country is getting old. Plummeting birthrates, the result of the much-loathed one-child policy, and dramatically improved life expectancy mean that by 2050 more than a quarter of China’s population – almost 500 million people – will be over 65.

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Kim Jong-un’s regime claims not to possess any chemical weapons, but the use of VX nerve agent to kill Kim Jong-nam could be designed to deter defectors

The use of one of the world’s most potent chemical weapons, VX, to kill Kim Jong-nam, sends a powerful message to the rivals and enemies of his half-brother and likely murderer, the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.

It suggests that it was far more important to make absolutely sure the target was killed, than to try to cover up Pyongyang’s tracks. The brutal killing in public in an international airport will be chilling to any present or future defectors.

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How do ships safely navigate the San Francisco Bay? In his latest data viz roundup, Max Galka gives a guided tour of the Bay’s marine traffic, tracks trees in major cities, and maps the US based on the flow of its commuters

How do ships safely navigate in and out of the San Francisco Bay? This animated story map by Sam Kronick of Mapbox answers this question by taking you on a guided tour of the Bay’s marine traffic.

Based on 24 hours of telemetry data from the US Coast Guard, the map displays in striking detail the paths taken by every ship to sail within the Bay harbour on 1 September 2014. Each ship is categorised by size, and the depth of the Bay waters are conveyed using colour, adding some context for interpreting the ships’ movements.

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As part of an effort to ‘clean up’ Brazil’s biggest city, mayor João Doria has been down on his knees, spraying grey paint over beloved street art. Locals are furious

For many of the 12 million people who live in São Paulo, sitting in traffic and staring out the window at the graffiti-coated walls that line the 23 de Maio thoroughfare is a daily ritual, defining life in the city like the shake of a London umbrella or the swipe of a New York Metrocard. In a city locked in by traffic and grey high-rises, these long swaths of colourful, ever-changing graffiti images – beautiful, ugly, political and sometimes offensive – serve as jagged cuts in the city’s visual monotony.

And then, one morning, the walls were grey.

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Has the great urbanisation of our species over the last 5,000 years been good for humanity or bad? It’s a story that can be told by examining ancient skeletons – which reveal incredible dangers, but also point to a bright future

The UN human settlements programme predicts that homo sapiens will soon be a majority urban species: 60% of humans will live in cities by 2030. More than 10 millennia of adaptations have gone into changing our lives from free-range to metropolitan. Yet in evolutionary terms this is a blindingly swift change of habitat, and to understand what it means for our future we must turn to the long view of archaeology.

The accumulation of humans in dense habitations – cities – has had enormous and frequently fatal consequences. Problems of access to resources, disease transmission and pollution follow rapidly on the heels of our great urban experiment. And it is precisely these problems, originating many thousand of years ago, that we must come to terms with if we are going to survive as a species.

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The Cologne Public Library is serving as a social and educational space for the city’s refugees, as counterparts across Germany increasingly become places for community engagement. Could the UK learn from this?

While a flurry of snow threatens to fall outside at any moment, Sanaw, a 30-year-old Kurdish Christian from western Iran, is proudly describing his involvement in a nativity play over Christmas.

He holds court at a table of eight fellow refugees, explaining in coherent German how the local theatre group, of which he has only been a member for a matter of months, has helped to improve his sense of belonging in Cologne, his home city for just over a year.

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Malta’s picturesque capital has been used as the set of Gladiator, Troy and King’s Landing in Game of Thrones – but it is also riven by subterranean passages that go back to the legendary Knights of Malta. As the city prepares to be European Capital of Culture, should the tunnels be opened to the public?

When Albert Dimech recognised us, rather than introducing himself, he simply said: “Follow me.”

Dimech had asked the artist Leanne Wijnsma and me to meet him in the centre of Valletta, Malta’s capital city and the European capital for culture in 2018. Wijnsma had been commissioned by the Valletta 2018 foundation to create a piece of artwork about the city’s subterranean world, and Dimech was our point of contact.

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A new $53m BRT (bus rapid transit) system has the power to reduce Hanoi’s dreadful air pollution. Persuading residents of Vietnam’s rapidly expanding capital to ditch their motorbikes and private cars, however, will be another story

From his high-rise office building in Hanoi, Tran Dung can barely see his city’s skyline behind the thick layer of smog. Before leaving work, the 25-year-old executive assistant checks the pollution reading on his AirVisual app, which provides real-time measurements of PM2.5 – the tiny particles found in smog that can damage your throat and lungs.

Hanoi’s PM2.5 levels typically range from 100 to 200 micrograms per cubic metre – regularly within the globally acknowledged “unhealthy” category. But on 19 December last year, they hit “hazardous levels” at 343μg/m3, which was higher than Beijing.

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Stefano Boeri, the architect famous for his plant-covered skyscrapers, has designs to create entire new green settlements in a nation plagued by dirty air

When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a verdant blaze of shrubbery and plant life; a breath of fresh air for metropolises that are choking on a toxic diet of fumes and dust.

Last week, the Italian architect, famed for his tree-clad Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) skyscraper complex in Milan, unveiled plans for a similar project in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing.

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Last month there were 300,000 doctor’s visits in Hong Kong linked to smog – much of which wafts over from mainland China. But in a busy town obsessed with money, will it take a direct economic hit to wake people to the danger?

At the age of three, Margaux Giraudon developed something akin to a smoker’s cough. Thereafter, she became all too familiar with the inside of her doctor’s office in Hong Kong.

For years, her father Nicolas Giraudon was told the same thing by doctors: “Your daughter is sensitive to changes in the weather.” Eventually she grew so ill that she was hooked up to breathing machines in the hospital for three days, inhaling medicine delivered in a mist. At that point, Giraudon decided it was time for the family to return to his native France.

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Premature births across 183 countries may be associated with fine particulate matter, a common air pollutant, with Africa and Asia especially affected

Air pollution could be a contributing factor in millions of premature births around the world each year, a new report has found.

Nearly 15 million babies are born annually before reaching 37 weeks gestation. Premature birth is the leading cause of death among children younger than five years old, and can cause lifelong learning disabilities, visual and hearing problems, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

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From particle-zapping bus stops to compact ‘smart’ air filters, we examine the methods that tackle the symptoms of air pollution

Tackling the causes of air pollution has been on of the themes of our special focus this week, The Air We Breathe.

But in the short term, what about the symptoms? We examined some of the most common solutions to see if the claims they make are anything more than hot air.

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Kary Stewart looks at why 850,000 children work in Bolivia, and whether the numbers can be vindicated by the country’s unique cultural context

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Norway leads funding commitments as summit raises one-third of $1.5bn needed to avert famine by reaching 3 million people within five months

A third of the $1.5bn in emergency funding sought by the UN this year to prevent a famine in Africa’s stricken Lake Chad region has been raised at a summit in Oslo.

The US has not yet made any new pledge of money.

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Twenty countries aim to raise $600m to fill gap left by Donald Trump’s ban on funding for pro-abortion NGOs in developing world

The Dutch government has voiced hope that the UK will join 20 countries to set up a safe abortion fund to fill the gap left by Donald Trump’s “global gag rule”.

Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch international development minister, is leading an international campaign to raise $600m (£480m) to compensate for the Trump administration’s ban on funding for NGOs that provide abortion or information on the procedure to women in developing countries.

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PPG and Axalta join scheme after Guardian report linked paint used by Vauxhall, BMW and VW with mines in India reliant on child labour and debt bondage

PPG and Axalta, two of the world’s largest car paint suppliers, have joined a global initiative to purge child labour from the mica industry after a Guardian investigation linked child labour in their supply chains to Vauxhall, Volkswagen and BMW.

Although largely unknown to consumers, mica is one of the most widely used minerals globally, highly valued for its ability to reflect and refract light and found in a multitude of different products and industries.

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Initial optimism quashed after it emerges that announcement of ‘new’ government support for famine-hit country refers to funding already in place

The British government is facing questions after announcing it was responding to the declaration of famine in South Sudan by allocating £100m of new money that had, in reality, already been reserved for the stricken country.

On Wednesday, the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) released a statement trumpeting what it described as “new humanitarian support” for South Sudan.

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Kary Stewart looks at why 850,000 children work in Bolivia, and whether the numbers can be vindicated by the country’s unique cultural context

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When Bolivia’s government sought to protect children by keeping the minimum working age at 14, child protesters took to the streets. They demanded the legal working age be lowered. As a result, in some cases, children are allowed to work at the age of 10.

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Kary Stewart analiza por qué 850.000 niños trabajan en Bolivia y si los números pueden ser vindicados por el contexto cultural único del país

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Cuando el gobierno boliviano trató de proteger a los niños instaurando la edad mínima de 14 años para trabajar, los manifestantes salieron a las calles. Exigieron que la edad legal de trabajo se redujera. Como resultado, en algunos casos, se permite que los niños trabajen a la edad de 10 años.

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Hopes of renewed impetus on efforts to prevent famine in north-east Nigeria tempered by concerns over omission of word ‘donor’ from summit’s official title

Days after the world’s first famine in six years was declared in South Sudan, the rich countries convening in Norway this week to discuss the Nigeria food crisis face pressure to stump up funds to prevent a second, in north-east Nigeria.

Uppermost on the agenda will be the failure of wealthy states to react more quickly to an international humanitarian appeal for more than 5 million people facing severe food shortages. Sensitive issues surrounding the Nigerian government’s ongoing offensive against Boko Haram militants in the stricken region are also likely to be discussed at the Oslo conference.

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Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, while Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are also at risk. Here’s a roundup of some of the main appeals

The UN has declared famine in parts of South Sudanthe world’s first since 2011 – and warned that Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are also at risk. With the humanitarian system stretched as never before, hunger has reached unprecedented levels according to aid agencies.

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Funding response follows UN warnings that 40% of South Sudan’s population are in urgent need, with people already dying from hunger

New and existing funds provided by the EU and the UK government will be made available to South Sudan following the declaration of famine in the country.

The UN has warned that about 40% of South Sudan’s population are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and that people are already dying from hunger caused by famine in parts of the country.

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Frontrunners Keith Ellison and Tom Perez are challenged by Pete Buttigieg, Sally Boynton Brown and others as the party seeks direction in the Trump era

Hundreds of Democrats have gathered in Atlanta to chart their path forward after a demoralizing defeat in last year’s election. The most pressing issue on the agenda: choosing a new chair to lead the party in the era of Donald Trump.

After a months-long national campaign, the chairmanship will be decided by 447 voting members – party functionaries, including state party chairs, activists, donors and elected officials – in a ballroom at the Atlanta Convention Center on Saturday.

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Kim Jong-un’s multilingual, well-travelled older brother might have helped the country towards reform

As the news surrounding Kim Jong-nam’s death gets increasingly surreal it’s easy to forget what he could have represented: a North Korea capable of gradual reform.

Unlike most of his fellow citizens he was multilingual and travelled around the world from a young age, and while he never crossed to a position of dissent – by speaking out about human rights abuses or befriending defectors – a North Korea with him in the power structure could have looked remarkably different.

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If Beijing allows human rights to deteriorate in Hong Kong, then the whole country will lose all hope of reform

Hong Kong’s leader Leung “CY” Chun-ying is preparing to leave office following a five-year term marred by allegations of corruption, controversial remarks, and unfulfilled promises. He will be the first chief executive not to serve a second term.

With elections for his successor scheduled for 26 March, what does the future hold for Hong Kong?

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Jamal al-Harith joined Isis and became a suicide bomber, but what did the future hold for the other UK citizens and residents?

Jamal al-Harith, the Manchester-born jihadi who blew himself up in Iraq after joining Islamic State, was one of at least 17 British citizens and residents known to have been imprisoned in the US Guantánamo camps in Cuba.

All were interviewed by the British authorities on their return. In 2010 the government agreed to pay them millions of pounds in compensation.

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Bureaucratic wrangles pose threat to US president’s campaign pledge but visit by top officials raises other contentious issues

Mexico will host its first high-profile Donald Trump envoys this week with at least one consolation: the proposed border wall is itself walled in, for now, by Washington bureaucracy.

Federal agencies are reportedly resisting the idea and Congress is hesitant to fund it, leaving the president fighting a lonely battle to keep his campaign promise.

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Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC on Friday and tells the audience that he feels ‘more American’ every time he visits the US, following the election of Donald Trump. Farage touches on the result of the EU referendum in the UK in June as well as Trump’s first month in office, and says that 2016 was the beginning of a ‘global political revolution’

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Donald Trump heaped criticism on what he called purveyors of ‘fake news’ on Friday, during his appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington DC. During his speech, Trump sought to clarify recent comments in which he called some in the US news media ‘the enemy of the people’, saying he was only against ‘fake news’. Trump also suggested that news organization do away with anonymous sources

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Speaking from his hospital bed, Ian Grillot describes how he tried to defend two Indian men in a bar in Olathe, Kansas, who were attacked by a gunman shouting ‘go back to your own country’. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, died and his friend Alok Madasani, along with Grillot, 24, were injured. Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with murder and attempted murder

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Strikers at Momentive, a New York chemical plant partially owned by Donald Trump’s billionaire ‘jobs czar’ Stephen Schwarzman, had been hoping for a better deal under Trump. But after 105 days of industrial reaction, they are returning to an uncertain future, one shared by many blue collar workers in the US

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Retired Navy admiral William McRaven has said Donald Trump’s description of the media as the enemy of the American people ‘may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime’. He told journalism students at the University of Texas the US has ‘the finest press in the world bar none’ and urged them to challenge Trump’s statement at every opportunity.

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A light-hearted short film directed by Armand de Saint-Salv for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras captures how trivial the acceptance of equal love should be in Australian households, especially in light of more pressing matters such as tomato sauce versus barbecue sauce

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The White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, made a rare public appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, in which he taunted the media for supposedly misrepresenting Donald Trump and his first month in office. Bannon, who has rarely appeared in public since joining Trump’s White House, said the administration would continue to fight every day for Trump’s vision. ‘If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you’re sadly mistaken,’ he told the crowd

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