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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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Exclusive: Investigation uncovers the ringleaders profiting from $23bn annual trade in illicit animals after more than a decade of undercover surveillance

A major investigation into global wildlife crime today names for the first time key traffickers and links their illegal trade to corrupt officials at the highest levels of one Asian country.

The investigation, published by the Guardian, exposes the central role of international organised crime groups in mutilating and killing tens of thousands of animals and threatening to eliminate endangered species including tigers, elephants and rhinos.

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Rising violence in 2015 driven by increase in murders of black men and gun crime, as experts brace for political ‘hysteria’ amid 2016 election

Murders in the US rose 10.8% last year, the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, according to data released Monday by the FBI.

The rising violence was driven by an increase in the murders of black men, and by an increase in the number of gun murders. At least 900 more black men were killed in 2015 than in 2014, according to FBI data.

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Champion widely regarded as one of the greatest golfers of all time has died at the age of 87 in Pittsburgh

Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest players in the history of golf, has died at the age of 87, a source close to the family confirmed to magazine Golfweek.

Related: 'The King' Arnold Palmer's greatest moments – in pictures

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Accusations centre on widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on civilians in rebel-held eastern Aleppo

Russia has been directly and repeatedly accused of war crimes at the UN security council in an unusually blunt session, as hopes of any form of ceasefire were flattened by the scale and ferocity of the Syrian regime’s assault on eastern Aleppo.

The war crimes accusations centred on the widespread use of bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on the 275,000 civilians living in the rebel-held east of the city, weapons that Moscow’s accusers say were dropped by Russian aircraft.

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New autopsy ordered for Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was gunned down during the civil war after predicting he would be killed by the government

The body of a celebrated Sri Lankan journalist gunned down in the final months of the country’s brutal civil war in 2009 will be exhumed on Tuesday as part of a fresh investigation into his death.

Lasantha Wickrematunge’s grave in Colombo has been under armed guard since the new autopsy was announced earlier in September, two months after a military intelligence official was arrested in connection with the killing of the former editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper.

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Accord ending 52 years of fighting that has killed a quarter of a million people comes after four years of negotiations

The Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, and the Marxist rebel leader Timochenko will use a pen made from a bullet on Monday to sign an agreement ending a half-century war that killed a quarter of a million people and made their nation a byword for violence.

After four years of negotiations in Havana, Santos, 65, and Timochenko, a nom de guerre for 57-year-old revolutionary Rodrigo Londono, will shake hands on Colombian soil for the first time.

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Senior police were happy to admit the practice of ‘encounter killings’, in which about 2,000 people died in 2015, Human Rights Watch says

Police in Pakistan may be illegally executing hundreds of people each year in fake “encounter killings”, human rights investigators have warned.

The term “encounter” is a widely understood euphemism for extra-judicial killings in Pakistan. Police accounts often say that criminal or terrorist suspects were shot after they resisted arrest or tried to ambush officers.

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Geopolitical struggle and Balkan intrigue mean there is no clear favourite to succeed Ban Ki-moon in the world’s top diplomatic job

Hacked emails, bogus Twitter accounts, smear allegations and backroom deals. Welcome to the race for the international community’s top diplomatic job – United Nations secretary general.

The eventual winner of the contest will ascend to become a secular saint, an ambassador of peace and voice of the poor and downtrodden. But the road to such a lofty position is paved with landmines and booby traps.

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Nahed Hattar killed outside court in Amman where he was being tried for sharing an Isis-themed cartoon on Facebook

A prominent Jordanian writer, who was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed offensive to Islam, has been shot dead outside a court in Amman where he was due to appear.

Nahed Hattar, 56, was charged with inciting sectarian strife and insulting Islam after posting the cartoon on Facebook this year.

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Canadian government confirms citizen taken hostage and says it is ‘diligently’ seeking more information, after Libyan authorities reported kidnappings

Canada confirmed on Sunday it had become aware of a citizen taken hostage in Libya and was “diligently pursuing all appropriate channels to obtain more information”.

Related: Libyan authorities ​search for Canadian and two Italians abducted at border

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Guerrilla chief says it is the time to heal wounds, whatever next Sunday’s referendum decides

The leader of Colombia’s revolutionary guerrilla movement, the Farc, has pledged to maintain the fragile ceasefire that has halted the world’s longest-running civil war even if the country’s peace deal is rejected in a plebiscite on 2 October, he has told the Observer.

On Sunday in the Caribbean city of Cartagena, the president of Colombia and the leader of Latin America’s most enduring guerrilla insurgency will put their signatures on the agreement that ends more than 50 years of fighting.

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Bill wins almost 70% of vote in victory for government who argued that intelligence agencies relied too heavily on other nations

Swiss voters have approved a new surveillance law, after the government argued that security services needed enhanced powers in an increasingly volatile world.

The proposed law won 65.5% support, final results on Sunday showed.

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Human Rights Watch says football body is breaking its own rules by allowing clubs in occupied Palestinian territories to compete

Football’s international governing body, Fifa, is facing pressure to rule next month that six Israeli football clubs based in illegal settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories should either relocate to Israel or be banned from Fifa-recognised competitions.

A report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) – published on Monday before a Fifa meeting in October – follows an online petition signed by more than 150,000 people as well as an open letter from dozens of European MEPs this month calling on Fifa to act on the issue.

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One of two archways regarded as natural wonders comes down at Legzira beach, leaving a pile of rubble on Atlantic coast

One of two rock archways at Legzira beach on Morocco’s Atlantic coast has collapsed. A pile of red rubble was all that was left after the natural wonder near the city of Sidi Ifni, 93 miles (150km) south of Agadir, came down on Friday afternoon.

Often cited as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Legzira is famous for sunsets punctuated by the rock structures jutting out from the cliffs. They were formed over thousands of years by erosion.

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Man purporting to be Abubakar Shekau appears in video posted on social media disputing Nigerian military’s claims

The Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has rejected statements by the Nigerian military that he was seriously wounded in an airstrike.

In a video posted on social media on Sunday, a man purporting to be Shekau addresses the “tyrants of Nigeria in particular and the west of Africa in general,” saying: “You broadcast the news and published it in your media outlets that you injured me and killed me, and here I am.” The speaker says: “I will not be killed until my time comes.”

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• Force established in 2013 ‘has completely fulfilled its mission’ says Fifa
• Dismay at decision with incidents on the rise in World Cup hosts Russia

Fifa has disbanded its anti-racism task force, declaring the work complete despite ongoing concerns about discriminatory behaviour in Russia, the hosts of the 2018 World Cup.

Fifa has written to members of the task force to say that it has “completely fulfilled its temporary mission” and “is hereby dissolved and no longer in operation.”

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General secretary says comments reported by Berlin politician Jenna Behrends are not isolated and calls for a ‘new sensitivity’

A leader of the German chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party has admitted that it has a problem with sexism in its ranks, after a female politician spoke out about vulgar and belittling comments.

Peter Tauber, the general secretary of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that remarks made public by Berlin CDU politician Jenna Behrends were not an isolated incident.

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Rita Schulz says she was ‘shafted’ by management when she was dropped as lead scientist on Rosetta mission six months before its culmination

A leading space scientist has accused the European Space Agency of having a “problem with promoting women” that has led to men holding almost every top job at the agency.

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Unconfirmed reports from Hungarian capital suggest incident was caused by device in bag left at the scene

A large explosion “of unknown origin” rocked a building in Budapest late on Saturday, injuring two passing police officers, authorities have said.

The blast occurred at 10.30pm local time (8.30pm GMT) inside or beside a ground floor shop on a major intersection, a police statement said on Sunday, which added that two police officers on patrol were injured and taken to hospital.

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Campaign launched over failure of police service to provide female officers with jackets designed for women’s bodies

A failure by Guardia Civil to provide female officers with bulletproof jackets specifically designed for women is discriminatory, dangerous and is affecting their ability to protect the public, a major Spanish policing group has said.

The United Association of Civil Guards (AUGC), which has 30,000 members, has launched a campaign demanding the nationwide police service affords equal protection to male and female officers.

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Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development and four company officials charged for supporting nuclear weapons program and money laundering

The United States has announced criminal charges and economic sanctions against a Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The justice department said Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development and four Chinese company officials also named in an indictment had conspired to evade US sanctions on North Korea, violated US regulations against support for designated “weapons of mass destruction proliferators”, and engaged in money laundering.

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California’s Customer Records bill has been welcomed by actors’ union SAG-AFTRA as a welcome challenge to age discrimination in the film industry

The state of California has passed legislation that will enable actors and other film industry workers to remove their ages from the Internet Movie Database and other publicly accessible websites.

The Customer Records bill, numbered AB-1687, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on 24 September and specifies that subscribers to a “commercial online entertainment employment service provider” can demand that age information be removed. The rationale is to “ensure that information … regarding an individual’s age will not be used in furtherance of employment or age discrimination.”

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Tokyo-Hiroshima service arrives on time, despite emergency stop after slithering stowaway was discovered among seats

A Japanese bullet train has been forced to make an emergency stop after a snake was found slithering between the seats, local media reported.

A passenger spotted the 30cm (12in) serpent poking through a gap in the seats, prompting the train, travelling between Tokyo and Hiroshima, to stop and allow police to capture the stowaway.

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Sand Storm depicts the lives of Bedouin women in an impoverished and conservative village and has already won a slew of awards

Israel’s official entry for the best foreign language category at the Oscars is a drama in which the dialogue – for the first time – is exclusively in Arabic.

Sand Storm, a gritty film dealing with the lives of Bedouin women in an impoverished and conservative southern village, is the directorial debut of Elite Zexer, a Jewish-Israeli, and was automatically selected as the Oscar entry after winning the award for best film in Israel’s film and television awards, the Ophirs.

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Homa Hoodfar, who was among a string of dual nationals arrested in Irain in recent months, has returned to Canada on ‘humanitarian grounds’

A Canadian-Iranian retired professor has been released from prison on “humanitarian grounds” and flown out of Iran, state media reported, ending her months of detention alongside other dual nationals swept up by hardliners in the security services.

Homa Hoodfar returned to Canada via Oman, a brief report on the state-run IRNA news agency said on Monday. The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, hailed her release in a statement, thanking Italy, Switzerland and Oman for their help in the matter.

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Signs that the president wants to remain in office are unsurprising in a country where coups are more common than elections

Just over a decade ago, the Democratic Republic of the Congo witnessed a profound moment in the country’s history, when millions of people went to the polls to vote for a new constitution.

It was significant, not least because the wording of the constitution had been agreed by the government and dozens of rebel leaders, who had finally come together after seven years of war.

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Lake Urmia’s grim destiny reflects a wider trend of enviromental problems in Iran, including an over-reliance on dams, extreme weather patterns, climatic changes, poor irrigation practices and unregulated use of water

Long tucked away behind the mountains of northwest Iran, Lake Urmia is becoming a national symbol of environmental degradation that is eliciting public sensitivity and awareness. Launched at the end of August, the ‘I am Lake Urmia’ campaign is a grassroots effort to collect a million signatures to push the United Nations to discuss ways to revive this salt lake, which has lost 90% of its surface area since the 1970s.

The “I am Lake Urmia” hashtag (من_دریاچه_ارومیه_هستم#) is slowly trending across social media platforms. Actor Reza Kianian was one of the first to take up the call, using Instagram to ask fellow Iranians to take responsibility for the lake. In his post Kianian stressed, “If we save our lake, we will save ourselves”, reminding Iranians of their social responsibility for creating a more sustainable future. Kianian’s plea has echoed across popular apps like Instagram and on the newly formed “I am Lake Urmia” Telegram channel.

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Sprawling Dadaab is where journalist Asad Hussein was born, raised and educated. Now, Kenya wants to demolish the camp

In a dusty expanse of desert in eastern Kenya sits the world’s largest refugee settlement, the place I call home.

The camp was set up in 1991 to house Somalis fleeing the civil war. At first, there were three settlements: Ifo, Dagahaley and Hagadera. Ifo II and Kambioos were later added. They are all generally called Dadaab, named after the nearby town 50 miles (80km) from the Somali border.

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The country desperately needs peace and national reconciliation. Only this way can it become an asset for Europe, not a burden

Two years ago, the west looked at Ukraine with enthusiasm. These days, the sentiments are closer to despair and fatigue.

My country has not had the European breakthrough that was promised. Those who came to power in Kiev to the applause of western elites now hope that their international partners will turn a blind eye to the way they run the country.

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Violence erupts in Johannesburg as Wits University students march in protest at annnouncement of 8% rise in tuition fees

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James Barnor helped put black women on the covers of British magazines and documented fashion in a country marching towards independence. Now, aged 87, he has taken to Instagram and a London gallery is exhibiting his work

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Paul Marchant shipped 30,000 books from Kent to dusty Qurghonteppa, where he now runs a language school for locals

Qurghonteppa was at the very edge of the Soviet Union, a dusty city in the baking plains of what is now southern Tajikistan, not far from the Afghan border. It is not, at first glance, the kind of place you would expect to find an English library with 30,000 books, everything from bedtime stories to illustrated guides to the gardens of England.

The books were transported wholesale from Kent, after a library in the area closed down a decade ago. They are part of Sworde Teppa, an English-language project designed to help give young Tajiks more opportunities in life.

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The closure of Fabric has reignited debate about diversity in western nightlife, but clubbing is coming of age in the new east

Fabric has closed and London’s once-great club culture is on its last legs. Enough ink has been spilled over the shortsightedness of Islington council’s decision, but with rising rents and rapacious property developers forcing London clubs to shut by the dozen in recent years, it was probably only a matter of time.

Still, the closure of such an important venue marks a new phase in the eradication of London’s diversity. For year, clubbers have been casting envious glances over at Berlin. Unlike London, Berlin’s local authorities value clubbing’s place at the heart of the city’s cultural life.

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At a tense time on the Korean peninsula, defector Sun Mu is stoking controversy with his satirical works, NK News reports

It was after he fled North Korea in 1990s that artist Sun Mu decided to turn the regime’s propaganda painting style on its head. He began producing satirical works that have since been described as “Disney characters with a military aesthetic”.

After he settled in South Korea, his work became increasingly provocative, gaining attention for its ability to parody and imitate the North Korean regime’s social realist style.

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The Moscow Times visits the Levada Centre which fears closure after having been added to the Kremlin’s ‘foreign agent’ list

When Russia’s most respected independent polling centre received the news that it had been labelled a “foreign agent” – a Soviet-era term with connotations of espionage – nobody who worked there was surprised.

The ruling came less than two weeks before Russia’s parliamentary elections and just after Levada had published findings of an 8% drop in the approval ratings of the ruling party, United Russia

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German writer Norman Ohler’s astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war

The German writer Norman Ohler lives on the top floor of a 19th-century apartment building on the south bank of the river Spree in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Visiting him there is a vertiginous experience. For one thing, he works – and likes to entertain visitors – in what he calls his “writing tower”, a flimsy-seeming, glass-walled turret perched right on the very edge of the roof. (Look down, if you dare, and you will see his little boat moored far below.) For another, there is the fact that from this vantage point it is possible to discern two Berlins, one thrusting and breezy, the other spectral and grey. To our left, busy with traffic, is the Oberbaum Bridge, where there was once a cold war checkpoint, and beyond it the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, its doleful length rudely interrupted by the block of luxury flats that went up in 2013. As for the large building immediately opposite, these days it’s the home of Universal Music. Not so very long ago, however, it was the GDR’s egg storage facility.

Does all this press on Ohler as he sits at his desk, the light bouncing off the screen of his laptop? Is it ghostly sometimes? “Yes, it is strange,” he says, smiling at my giddiness. But then he has long believed in a certain kind of time travel. “I remember the 90s. The wall had just come down, and I was experimenting with party drugs like ecstasy and LSD. The techno scene had started up, and there were all these empty buildings in the east where the youth [from east and west] would meet for the first time. They were hardcore, some of those guys from the east – they didn’t understand foreigners at all – and the ecstasy helped them to lose some of their hatred and suspicion. Sometimes, then, you could step into a room, and you could just see the past. Of course, it’s not like that now. I don’t take drugs any more. But I can remember it, and maybe that was why I was able to write this book.”

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Mohammed Syadul Hussain, 24, accused of helping Jalal Uddin’s killer, who police fear may have joined Isis in Syria

Detectives investigating the murder of a respected imam in Rochdale have charged a man with helping his killer flee the country.

Mohammed Syadul Hussain, 24, has been charged with assisting an offender over the murder of Jalal Uddin, police said.

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People in the rebel-controlled east of the city express horror at the impact of the bombs – and fears of what may come next

The roar of the explosion was unlike anything Abdulkafi al-Hamdo had heard before. Stones from a kilometre away fell in front of the home where the teacher had taken shelter with his wife and seven-month-old daughter.

Arriving at the scene in the early afternoon on Friday, he took in the destruction of the Mashhad neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo, and the crater left following the bomb. It was the first time, the opposition claimed, that they had documented the use of bunker-buster bombs in Syria’s second city.

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Bach brothers based in Vietnam and Thailand are responsible for smuggling thousands of tonnes of elephant ivory, rhino horn and other endangered species

There is a simple reason why there is always trouble in Nakhon Phanom. It is the reason why the US air force came here during the Vietnam war, and the reason why this dull and dusty town in north-east Thailand now serves as a primary gateway on the global animal trafficking highway. It is all to do with geography.

Nakhon Phanom, population 30,000, sits on the western bank of the Mekong river and is directly opposite the shortest route across Laos, on the other side of the river, and into Vietnam.

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In January, I wrote that “in the first 26 days of this year, 186 political polls were released”. Since then, I’ve lost count.

Related: How are Clinton and Trump polling before the first debate?

Eight hours before going toe-to-toe at the first presidential debate of the general election campaign, Hillary Clinton has a four-point lead over Donald Trump among likely voters nationwide, according to a just-released Monmouth University poll. It’s a three-point drop from her lead one month ago, but a more positive position than the latest numbers from Bloomberg, which show Trump taking the lead in race that includes third-party candidates.

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Three of the four boys who were teargassed, handcuffed, hooded, and transferred to an adult prison had inadequate medical care, their lawyer says

The teargassing of four boys in Darwin’s Don Dale youth detention centre was “manifestly unnecessary and unreasonable” and had no authorisation from any government document, the Northern Territory supreme court has heard.

It also heard allegations that three of the boys were given inadequate medical treatment for the effects of teargas, including one whose eyes were not examined because his spithood was not removed.

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Guardian investigation finds one in seven food businesses failed their most recent inspection

Ministers have been urged to make failing takeaways in England and Scotland publicly display their food hygiene scores by a leading backbench MP, after a Guardian investigation found that one in seven had failed their most recent hygiene inspection.

Clive Betts, the chair of the community and local government select committee, said more stringent regulation was necessary to bring the two countries alongside Wales, which insists that restaurants display scores on the premises. Northern Ireland is bringing in a similar requirement shortly.

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Priest and founder of the International Association of Exorcists

When Father Benedict Groeschel – a psychologist and priest – was asked for a foreword to the American edition of Gabriele Amorth’s first book, he refused. Though Amorth too was a Roman Catholic cleric, his outlook was “quite foreign to the ideas of the English-speaking world”, wrote Groeschel. His fellow priest, he said, inhabited “a world that vacillates between severe rationalism and wild speculation”.

It was a view of Amorth that was to be expressed several times over the course of his career, as when he denounced yoga or declared that Hitler and Stalin had been possessed by the devil. But then Amorth, who has died aged 91, worked in a field that most people today dismiss as mumbo-jumbo, and one with which many of his fellow Roman Catholics are profoundly uncomfortable.

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Fisherman who was catapulted to fame when his story in Rolling Stone magazine helped to spread the ideas of Rastafarianism

By appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in July 1973, Edwin “Countryman” Lothan, who has died of cancer aged 70, helped spread the notion of Rastafarianism, of which he himself appeared to be the personification, to a wider world.

The story, written by Michael Thomas and entitled The Wild Side of Paradise, was an epic piece about Jamaica’s Rasta culture. Memorably, it described how, when Countryman felt under pressure, he would slip away from his fisherman’s hut and swim out into the Caribbean until he could swim no more. Then he would try and swim back.

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Private art gallery shutters exhibit by Jock Sturges after pro-Kremlin senator said the images qualified as child abuse because they shown naked young girls

A private art gallery in Moscow has hastily closed down an exhibition of pictures by US photographer Jock Sturges after a pro-Kremlin senator labelled them child abuse images and a protester threw urine at some of the images.

Sunday’s incident at the Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, a stone’s throw from the Kremlin, followed a series of earlier attacks by Russian Orthodox believers and nationalists on displays of modern art.

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Rato and co-defendants accused of misuse of corporate credit cards to tune of £10.5m while he was head of two Spanish banks

The former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato has been heckled as he arrived to stand trial for allegedly misusing corporate credit cards while in charge of two leading Spanish banks.

Rato, a former Spanish economy minister and deputy prime minister, is accused of presiding over a corrupt system that allowed him and other executives to misuse funds when he was the boss of Caja Madrid and Bankia.

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Blaine Alan Gibson is a lawyer and amateur ‘adventurer’ who is on a self-funded quest to trace the Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished in 2014

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on 8 March 2014, mid-flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people onboard. Two and a half years later, despite the multi-million-dollar investment and efforts of three countries, the plane has yet to be found.

There have been traces. Two pieces of aircraft debris found washed up on remote beaches of the Indian Ocean have been confirmed as being from MH370, with the latest – an outboard flap from Pemba Island – discovered only this month. Four more pieces are almost certain to be from the lost plane.

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Shift in government policy comes as abuse accusations mount against both Saudi-led coalition and Iran-backed Houthi rebels

The UK has put its name to a call at the UN this week to set up an independent mission to report on human rights abuses in Yemen.

The proposal, which marks a shift in British policy, is due to be voted on at the UN human rights council in Geneva this week and has been welcomed by human rights campaigners, even if it stops short of what some had been seeking.

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François Hollande says Britain is obliged to help, but UK says dismantling camp is a matter for the French government

The UK must make an effort to solve the refugee problem at Calais and across Europe, the French president, François Hollande, has said during a visit to the port town.

Hollande said he wanted the town’s notorious refugee camp – home to up to 10,000 people including 1,000 lone children – to be “completely and definitively dismantled”.

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Australia forced to take part in conciliation at the Hague over maritime border in relation to area that contains an estimated $40bn worth of oil and gas

Timor-Leste will have its case against Australia over a disputed maritime boundary heard by the permanent court of arbitration in the Hague after the court rejected Australia’s claim that the court had no jurisdiction.

Timor-Leste asked for the process which could decide on which side of the border lies a large oil and gas field over which the two countries have a revenue-sharing agreement.

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Acting PM’s People’s party wins absolute majority in Galicia while socialists take drubbing in region and the Basque country

The results of regional elections in Galicia and the Basque country look unlikely to yield a solution to the political paralysis that has left Spain in the hands of a caretaker government for the past nine months.

But Sunday’s polls have bolstered the position of the acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, after his People’s party (PP) cruised to an absolute majority in his home region of Galicia.

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Body of Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen found in Michoacan following the abduction and murder of two priests in Veracruz

A Mexican priest has been found murdered in Michoacan, the attorney general for the central state has said, the third to be killed in the country in less than a week.

The priest in Michoacan, identified as Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen, was found on a highway between Puruandiro and Zinaparo.

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Britain’s ambassador to the UN, Matthew Rycroft, US ambassador Samantha Power and French ambassador Francois Delattre walk out of an emergency security council session on the conflict in Syria on Sunday when the Syrian ambassador begins speaking. Before the protest Rycroft addressed the meeting and accused Russia of war crimes

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Republican’s campaign highlights lengthy discussion between Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on securing borders

Donald Trump attempted to draw parallels between Israel’s separation barrier and his much-touted border wall pledge on Sunday after both presidential nominees met the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

In Trump’s hour-long meeting with Netanyahu at his Trump Tower penthouse, the two reportedly discussed “at length Israel’s successful experience with a security fence that helped secure its borders”, according to the Trump campaign.

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Royal toddler repeatedly demurs when Canadian prime minister offers him a low five, high five and handshake at the airport in British Columbia

Justin Trudeau’s charm has finally met its match in the form of good old-fashioned British reserve.

The Canadian prime minister was shut down while trying to greet Britain’s Prince George on the runway when the royal family arrived for their tour of British Columbia.

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Director claims major cinemas are refusing to show his documentary, Yellowing, because they don’t want to anger Beijing

As police tear gas rained down on student protesters, Chan Tsz-woon grabbed his Canon 50D camera and raced to the frontline.

It was the night of 28 September 2014 and, as the umbrella movement protests erupted on the streets of Hong Kong, the young filmmaker decided it was his mission to make a visual record of the historic political convulsion.

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Kate McWilliams, 26, says easyJet passengers ask about her age all the time

A British woman has become one of the world’s youngest commercial airline captains at the age of 26. Kate McWilliams, from Carlisle, said she is asked about her age by cabin crew and passengers almost daily and most people are “pleasantly surprised and impressed” when she tells them.

McWilliams began flying in the air cadets aged 13 before going on a training programme at CTC Aviation in Southampton on her 19th birthday then joining easyJet as a first officer in May 2011. She recently rose to the rank of captain after passing the airline’s command course. An easyJet spokeswoman said the budget carrier believes McWilliams is the world’s youngest commercial airline captain.

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Prince William to announce addition of temperate rainforest to worldwide conservation network

An unlikely alliance of the Queen, Prince William, the Labour MP Frank Field, Commonwealth countries and Canadian ecologists join forces today to protect one of the largest coastal temperate rainforests in the world: the Great Bear rainforest along the central and west coast of British Columbia.

Prince William is in the Canadian province for a weeklong visit and will announce on Monday that the forest will join an international network of forests designed to involve all 53 countries in the Commonwealth.

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Sharon Nkansah has worked on the food safety frontline in Newham, London, for 10 years, and seen the good, bad and the ugly

When you’ve been a food safety inspector for as long as Sharon Nkansah, you know how to smell a rat.

“Last month, there was a place I inspected [where] I walked in and you could smell it,” she says. “You can smell mouse activity. They had droppings in fridges, where they have their sauces, where they have their cutlery; the droppings were everywhere. So I just said: ‘Pull the shutters down’.”

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The surrounding countryside has been inspiring cyclists, skiers and climbers for years – but this west Austrian city has more to offer than mountains

“Last call and first chair”

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Sidewalk Labs believes personal car ownership is about to become history, making suburbs more accessible and better for walking and cycling. But what if it simply means people shove each child into a different car to get to school?

A few months ago I interviewed Klaus Bondam, head of the Danish cycling union and formerly Copenhagen’s mayor for roads and infrastructure, and asked him how he saw his city changing in the coming years. The answer was something of a surprise.

“Look at something like car parking,” Bondam told me. “It’s so old fashioned in my eyes. The private ownership of a car – that will end in the next 10 to 15 years. I think it’s going to be a combination of shared cars, of city cars, of public transport, bicycles, electric bicycles, of freight distribution by electric cargo bikes.”

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From Bogota to Paris, Detroit to Istanbul, cities around the world have been imposing traffic restrictions to mark World Car-Free Day. Is this a vision of our urban future?

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For 45 years, Christiania has stood as a community-led utopia, its cannabis trade central to a liberal culture. But the shooting of a police officer has forced residents to take radical action. As the smoke clears, will it ever be the same again?

Late in the evening on Wednesday 31 August, gunshots were fired in the centre of Christiania, Copenhagen’s semi-autonomous freetown. Three people were injured, including one police officer, who remains in critical condition. The gunman – a 25-year-old Dane who was later shot and killed by the police – is believed to have been involved in Christiania’s hash trade.

Cannabis has long been sold and enjoyed in this unique neighbourhood, a famous utopian commune in the heart of Denmark’s capital. Historically a centre of freedom and resistance, it will celebrate on Monday the 45th anniversary of the day that squatters – known as slumstormerene – broke down the barricades of an abandoned military base, creatively activating disused spaces in a time when living conditions were poor. In 1973, the Social Democratic government gave Christiania the official temporary status of “social experiment” – a term that many criticised as its residents had not agreed to participate. Nonetheless, this ruling allowed Christiania to persist, and a majority vote in parliament in 1989 set the Christiania Law in stone, legalising the squat.

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On average more than one woman per week is killed in Ecatepec, on the outer edge of Mexico City. But despite living with this constant threat of brutality, local female hip-hop artists are using their music to try to change attitudes

As darkness descends over the imposing green mountains on the outskirts of Mexico City, Luz Reality, a 32-year-old rapper, steps under a faded orange tarp and through a metal security door into the underground venue. Though a veteran of the city’s hip-hop scene, she admits she still gets unnerved by the constant threat of assault in the areas around Ecatepec’s clandestine concert venues.

In recent months, this barrio has been plagued by a grisly series of abductions and murders. In one case, a woman was found burned on an empty patch of grass. The victim somehow survived the brutal attack and was still alive when police found her, but died later from her injuries.

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Tanto si estás participando en campañas contra los desplazamientos forzados como si tu ciudad tiene políticas para proteger las viviendas asequibles, comparte aquí tus historias sobre la gentrificación

La gentrificación – término usado por primera vez hace más de medio siglo para describir el desplazamiento de las clases obreras de un barrio y la transformación total de su carácter social – está afectando, de manera aparentemente inevitable e inflexible, a ciudades de todo el mundo. Las historias de precios del alojamiento que suben como la espuma, de comunidades fracturadas y de rascacielos vacíos se han convertido en habituales, de San Francisco a Sydney.

Related: What is your city doing to resist gentrification?

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From abandoned municipal offices to theatres and car parks, informal local movements are reclaiming public space in the Greek capital. With the city’s progressive mayor on board they could reshape politics too

Navarinou Park – part playground, part open-air cinema, part vegetable garden and verdant oasis – was never meant to be. On that, all of its participants agree. Stavros Stavrides, a professor of architecture at Athens’ National Technical University, is the first to say it; so, too, do the local residents who, spade in hand, also worked to transform an unprepossessing parking lot on the rim of Athens’ edgy Exarcheia district into a vibrant community garden.

“Who’d have thought?” asks Effie Saroglou, a dancer, walking her dark-haired mutt around the park. “Who’d have imagined us ever sitting here?” says Yannis Mandris, a musician, watching a grainy rendition of Blade Runner in a makeshift arena on the other side of the lot. Something is stirring in the Greek capital – and in more ways than one Navarinou Park has come to represent it.

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Across the world, urban barrier walls divide communities on ethnic, religious and political lines. On International Peace Day, artists are turning these walls of separation into points of connection, in one of the largest ever mural projects

One episode of Game of Thrones tells you all you need to know about how important city walls used to be for defence. But they were also about identity and belonging, as Wendy Pullan, director of Cambridge University’s Centre for Urban Conflicts Research, explains: “If you lived within the walls then you were a citizen; if you didn’t then you weren’t. The status used to matter a lot.”

In recent times, since the collapse of the iron curtain, one might have imagined separation walls would be less in vogue. But walls within cities, slicing one community from another – whether on ethnic, religious or political lines – are still prevalent from Jerusalem to Belfast, not to mention in war-torn cities such as Homs in Syria.

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After years of restoration, the ninth-century Qarawiyyin library in north-eastern Morocco is finally set to reopen – with strict security and a new underground canal system to protect its most prized manuscripts

The caretaker stares at the wrought iron door and its four ancient locks with a gleam in his eyes. Outside, the Moroccan sun shines down upon the ornate coloured tiles of Khizanat al-Qarawiyyin, located in the old medina of Fez. This, it is widely believed, is the oldest library in the world – and soon it will be open to the general public again.

“It was like healing wounds,” says Aziza Chaouni, a Fez native and the architect tasked with restoring the great library.

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From Austin’s howling coyotes to Amsterdam’s cycling etiquette and Abu Dhabi’s taxi drivers, readers share their experiences of settling in a new city

“It took a while until I actually felt at home here. But everything that had unsettled me about London in the beginning – the hectic pace, the constant noise, the onslaught of people – became an essential part of my daily routine, one that gave me comfort.” (Anonymous, moved from Berlin to London in 2013)

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Deals would put the majority of seeds, chemicals and GM traits in the hands of three companies, deepening poverty for small-scale farmers

When an Indian farmer plants his cotton crop, there’s at least a 75% chance the seeds have been been bought from a company owned by Monsanto. If a Latin American farmer sprays insecticide on her genetically engineered soya beans, the chemical is more than likely to have been provided by German chemical and drugs company Bayer or by US firm Dupont.

And when African farmers add chemicals to their maize fields or plant it’s odds-on that they have come from Swiss company Syngenta.

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In 2012, about a quarter of Nigeria’s 9.2 million pregnancies were unintended. On World Contraception Day, we look at a project that reaches out to communities and battles the stigma around family planning

Photographs: George Osodi/Panos Pictures/IPPF

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By rejecting violence, Colombia can achieve social progress and reinvigorate development cornerstones such as education, healthcare and employment

Colombians are facing their most important vote in at least 50 years. With peace negotiations concluded between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) guerrillas, Colombia needs to decide whether to support the peace agreement on the table, or reject it in favour of the continued use of violence to resolve the conflict.

As ever with this kind of decision, there are many compromises to be made; the pursuit of peace is often balanced precariously with the pursuit of justice. But while we should perhaps leave the ethical considerations up to Colombians to decide, one thing seems obvious.

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At the age of 13, May Lwin was raped by her father. A draft law formulated with the help of civil society takes aim at the country’s culture of sexual violence

May Lwin’s* brothers and sisters were playing outside their home when her father raped her.

One of her younger brothers heard the commotion as the 13-year-old’s father dragged her back inside the house by her hair after she tried to run away. She made it as far as the washing line in the front yard before she tripped.

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MPs to press Department for International Development for further details after figures reveal 26% of aid funds will go to other ministries within four years

More than a quarter of UK overseas aid will be spent by ministries other than the Department for International Development by 2019/20, according to figures that have sparked renewed concern about changes to Britain’s aid policy, and the risk of its coffers being raided by other parts of government.

The aid budget has long been eyed up by officials in other overstretched departments, including the Ministry of Defence, which has been involved in a campaign to draw millions from DfID by suggesting that its budget be used to pay for flights on military aircraft, some navy patrols and body armour.

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Ministers and academics from France, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Italy, Hungary and UK will vie to succeed Margaret Chan as director general in July 2017

Six candidates from Africa, Asia and Europe – including one Briton – have been nominated for the position of director general of the World Health Organisation, at a time when experts have emphasised the need for the agency to prove it can be “transparent and accountable” to the public.

The candidates include current and former government ministers and academics. Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy of France, a former health and foreign minister, makes the list, as does Ethiopia’s foreign minister – and former health minister – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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Department for International Development says 40% rise in misappropriation of overseas aid funds in 2015-16 down to improved reporting and investigation

Data shows that Britain lost 40% more money through fraud in its overseas aid programmes in 2015-16 compared with the previous year, with the rise attributed to better reporting of its misappropriated funds, according to government officials.

The UK government, which has stuck to a pledge to spend 0.7% of gross domestic product on foreign aid, has come under increasing scrutiny over how it spends its multi-billion pound budget, which some MPs say would be better spent at home.

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A pilot scheme introducing speed bumps and other basic safety measures to the Dhaka-Sylhet N2 highway has shown how simple infrastructure can save lives

A pilot project that installed basic road safety infrastructure such as bus stops and speed bumps on one of the world’s most dangerous highways has cut road deaths by more than 60% in the first year, according to a study.

The initial results from Safe Crossings, a Dutch NGO focusing on preventing global road deaths, showed that the number of accidents on three stretches of the N2 highway between Dhaka and Sylhet in Bangladesh fell from a previous annual average of 110 to 42 in the year after the safety measures were implemented.

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Women claim 20 parliamentary seats as move to proportional representation reaps dividends for record number of female candidates

Women’s rights campaigners in Jordan believe the country is slowly moving towards more progressive political representation after female MPs won 20 of 130 seats in parliamentary elections on Tuesday, compared with 18 out of 150 in the previous parliament.

The growing relevance of women in Jordanian politics, evident in campaign posters clustered at roundabouts and lining roadsides countrywide in the buildup to polling, was reflected in a contest that featured 252 female candidates, the highest number to date.

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Steeped in tradition, the annual reed dance festival attracts thousands of Swazi women. But are they forced to parade before Africa’s last absolute monarch?

As a young, unmarried woman, 17-year-old Silondukuhle* was supposed to attend the annual Umhlanga – or reed dance – festival. This year, she refused to go.

“My parents try to convince me, but I don’t want to go. I’m scared,” says Silondukuhle, standing at the window of her home in Mshingishingini, a hamlet in the northern tip of Swaziland, just a few miles from the border with South Africa. “Last year there was an accident and many of the girls died. One family lost three girls. I’m scared that it will happen again.”

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This is the first of a new series that takes a regular look at what polls can tell us, and, more importantly when polls tell us nothing but junk information. First up, where are the candidates ahead of the first presidential debate of 2016?

In January, I wrote that “in the first 26 days of this year, 186 political polls were released”. Since then, I’ve lost count.

Related: Debate looms with Clinton and Trump in increasingly tight race – campaign live

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Forget ‘softenings’ on immigration and race, critics say: the Republican hasn’t changed. Now he faces Clinton in a fight where style can outshine substance

From the moment in May when Donald Trump all but sealed the Republican presidential nomination, he has been faced with a nagging question: when will he pivot?

Related: Trump did not 'formally invite' Gennifer Flowers to debate, says campaign

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Donald Trump faces a major challenge in the blue-leaning Keystone state. But with 20 electoral votes up for grabs, it may still be a state that is worth the effort

For decades, Republican presidential candidates have had the same relationship with the state of Pennsylvania that Charlie Brown had with a football.

With 20 electoral votes, the Keystone state has always been a tempting prize to aim for. But since 1988, in a geographically diverse state described by Clinton aide James Carville as “Philadelphia on one side, Pittsburgh on the other and Alabama in between”, the GOP has seen that prize swept away from its sights.

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With divided island’s Greek and Turkish leaders set to talk, many see this as a real chance to end the long-running dispute

The prospect of a breakthrough ending the decades-old division of Cyprus could be delivered at a much-anticipated meeting between the leaders of the island’s two estranged communities.

Reunification hopes are expected to be reinvigorated on Sunday when the president, Nicos Anastasiades, who heads Greeks in the south, and Mustafa Akıncı, who heads Turks in the north, hold talks in New York with the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

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Can the Republican be trusted with the nuclear codes? Why is the Democrat so secretive? These and other questions must be asked at the presidential debates

How can you be trusted with the nuclear codes?

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How important are the forthcoming presidential debates? Todd Graham, director of debate at Southern Illinois University, says they could just decide the election. Graham breaks down the relative strengths and weaknesses of both candidates, and what they need to do to win

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Seventy-two hours before 90 minutes to change the White House race, Democrats appealed for fairness. The Republican raised the spectre of media bias

It is 90 minutes that could change the world, but Hillary Clinton is already warning that Donald Trump may overwhelm their first presidential debate on Monday if his “habitual lying” is left unchallenged by the moderator.

Related: Trump v Clinton: 10 awkward debate questions to put candidates on the spot

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Each ceasefire in Syria seems destined to end in disaster despite bringing brief relief, but there’s hope that even collapsing deals may ultimately bolster peace

Syria’s descent into ever more vicious civil war has been marked by broken ceasefire deals: major ones brokered by the UN and world powers and smaller local agreements largely born of desperation as rebel groups were out-gunned or worn down by the forces of President Bashar al Assad and his allies.

The latest agreement appears to have been little different: settled outside Syria, violated almost as soon as it began, fatally undermined by an attack on an aid convoy and definitively buried by the current fierce assault on Aleppo.

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From touting the successes of stop and frisk in New York to the state of African American communities across the US, here’s a fact check of Trump’s statements

“That was never said, you know that.” – 22 September, Philadelphia.

Only a few hours before he visited Geno’s Steaks in South Philadelphia, Trump told a crowd – and rolling cameras – in Pittsburgh that “drugs are a very, very big factor in what you’re watching on television at night”, referring to riots against police abuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, the night before.

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Adam Gabbatt visited Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, to speak to college students about the upcoming election ahead of the much-anticipated first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate, which Hofstra is set to host, will be the first of three before the election

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Saad Hattar, cousin of prominent and controversial Jordanian writer Nahed Attar, reacts over his fatal shooting on Sunday, saying that his death is a ‘huge loss to the nation’. Nahed Hattar was shot tree times in the head outside Amman court, where he was on trial for posting a cartoon on Facebook which was deemed offensive to Islam

Read: Jordanian writer shot dead outside his trial for insulting Islam

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WARNING: this video of the shooting of Kevin Scott contains distressing scenes. In two sets of video, cameras recorded altercation between officers and Scott

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Five people were shot dead in what is believed to have been a single gunman attack at the Cascade mall in Burlington, (105km) north of Seattle. Police described the shooter as Hispanic, wearing a black t-shirt

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Cellphone footage shows the moments directly before and after the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. The video, shot by Scott’s wife, shows police warning Scott to ‘drop the gun’ as his wife screams that he did not have a weapon. The sound of gunfire is then heard, but not the shooting itself. Scott is then seen lying on the ground

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A group of panda cubs living in the Chengdu panda base in China, still unable to walk, learn to sit and climb trees. The online streaming site iPanda.com was launched by China Network Television in 2013 and gives a 24-hour view of how the pandas spend their days. This video shows them on Wednesday, enjoying the sunshine after a meal

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A young girl is pulled from rubble on Friday after an airstrike in Aleppo. Rescuers dig out the girl, covered in the wreckage and dust, with their bare hands. She is believed to be the only surviving member of her family from the attack by Syrian and Russian airplanes that killed at least 70 people

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Ukrainian MP Volodymyr Parasyuk scuffles with his rival Oleksandr Vilkul on Thursday after a studio debate on Ukraine’s 112 TV channel. Parasyuk lunges for Vilkul, a former Ukrainian deputy prime minister, in a corridor, but is held back by bodyguards

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