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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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Environmentalists decry ‘embarrassing’ order to review Obama’s clean power plan and other regulations, as White House claims victory for coal industry

Donald Trump launched an all-out assault on Barack Obama’s climate change legacy on Tuesday with a sweeping executive order that undermines America’s commitment to the Paris agreement.

Watched by coalminers at a ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, the president signed an order to trigger a review of the clean power plan, Obama’s flagship policy to curb carbon emissions, and rescind a moratorium on the sale of coalmining leases on federal lands.

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Inquiry into wife of French presidential candidate comes after hours of questioning over work Penelope Fillon did for her husband

The British-born wife of French presidential candidate François Fillon has been formally put under investigation in the fake jobs scandal that has poisoned her husband’s political career.

Penelope Fillon is being prosecuted for embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and aggravated fraud, it was reported late on Tuesday evening.

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High commissioner tells Iraqi and US forces to ‘avoid the trap’ of targeting buildings where Isis has told residents to take shelter

The UN has urged Iraqi and US-led forces to do more to protect civilians in the war against Islamic State in Mosul and accused the terror group of herding trapped residents into buildings that are likely to be targeted by airstrikes.

The intervention by the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, comes after at least 150 people died in a series of coalition airstrikes – detailed by the Guardian last week – on one neighbourhood in the ravaged west of the Iraqi city.

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The rebel-held east of the Syrian city was devastated by years of bombing, first by the government alone then bolstered by Russian forces. Ruth Maclean travelled to Aleppo to hear how the district’s few remaining residents survive

A small group of boys play football, dodging tangled metal in the ruined ruined Umayyad mosque of Aleppo’s old city. When they were last able to come here, before the war, the vast courtyard’s patterned floor was beautifully polished, and the pile of bricks in a corner was a millennium-old minaret.

Now, the boys pick at the sandbags piled in its huge, fire-blackened arches. For them, this ancient place-of-worship-turned-fortress is a playground in a hellscape.

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Diego Cruz, 21, one of four privileged youths dubbed ‘Los Porkys’ who abducted and vaginally penetrated the teenager, did so without ‘carnal intent’ a judge ruled

A Mexican judge has freed a wealthy young man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a schoolgirl, on the grounds that the perpetrator did not enjoy himself.

Related: Mexican rape victim reveals details of case plagued by privilege and impunity

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says there will be ‘shock and awe’ in the state when the full extent of the damage wrought by the cyclone is revealed • Cyclone Debbie: flooding and heavy rain continue to hammer north Queensland – live updates

Queenslanders woke up on Wednesday to a huge cleanup following the “monster” Cyclone Debbie, as the now ex-tropical cyclone brought yet more heavy rain as it worked its way through the state.

At 3am on Wednesday morning the Bureau of Meteorology downgraded Debbie out of the cyclone category to a tropical low, bringing sustained winds of 55km/h with gusts of up to 85km/h. Heavy rains were still expected as it moved south-west, with a severe weather warning in place.

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‘It is difficult to understand’ the effectiveness of recent measures affecting flights from countries in the Middle East and elsewhere, says IATA chief

British and US bans on laptops and tablet computers in flight cabins are not sustainable in the long term, the head of the association representing airlines said Tuesday.

“The current measures are not acceptable as a long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate,” said Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association.

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Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramírez Sánchez found guilty of killing two and injuring 32 in grenade attack

The man known as “Carlos the Jackal” has been given a third life sentence for a 1974 attack on a Paris drugstore that killed two people and wounded 34.

Five judges ruled Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramírez Sánchez was responsible for throwing a grenade on the Champs Élysées. He is already serving two life sentences in France for attacks carried out in the 1970s and 80s.

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South African activist, known affecitionately as Kathy, was highly critical of Jacob Zuma and ANC government in later years

The South African anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule and a fellow Robben Island prisoner, has died aged 87.

Related: Nelson Mandela’s fellow ANC activist breaks silence to demand Jacob Zuma’s resignation

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Leah McLaren revealed how she once tried to nurse Michael Chong’s son without permission in column that received sharp rebuke over ‘inappropriate’ behavior

Related: Make Canada great again? Conservative Canucks chart course for the age of Trump

In the race to become the next leader of Canada’s Conservatives, he’s promised lower income taxes and increased financing for small businesses while taking aim at the politics of fear.

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Unicef hails decision following controversy centered on Utah-based Ambrosia labs, as activist says Cambodian mothers ‘often have no other choices’

Cambodia has banned selling and exporting locally pumped human breast milk, after reports exposed how women were turning to the controversial trade to boost meagre incomes in one of south-east Asia’s poorest countries.

The order comes after Cambodia temporarily halted breast milk exports by the Utah-based Ambrosia Labs, which claims to be the first company to source the product from overseas and distribute it in the US.

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Newly-discovered prints left by gigantic herbivores are part of a rich collection of tracks belonging to an estimated 21 different types of dinosaur

The largest known dinosaur footprints have been discovered in Western Australia, including 1.7 metre prints left by gigantic herbivores.

Until now, the biggest known dinosaur footprint was a 106cm track discovered in the Mongolian desert and reported last year.

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  • Gbagbo also cleared of crimes against humanity for role in 2011 civil war
  • Trial held in Abidjan after refusal to send her to ICC in The Hague

A court in Ivory Coast has acquitted the former first lady Simone Gbagbo of crimes against humanity and war crimes charges linked to her role in a 2011 civil war that killed about 3,000 people, state television announced on Tuesday.

Judge Kouadio Bouatchi said a jury unanimously voted to free Gbagbo. The prosecution had asked for a life sentence, saying she had participated on a committee that organised abuses against supporters of her husband’s opponent after the 2010 election.

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US firm says it ‘must take the consequences’ of new rules requiring cabs to be fitted with seat occupancy sensors and fare meters

Uber will shut down its operation in Denmark next month following the introduction of new taxi laws, the company has said, marking the latest European setback for the US ride-booking service.

A company spokesman, Kristian Agerbo, said on Tuesday Uber “must take the consequences” of the new rules, which among other things will require cabs to be fitted with seat occupancy sensors and fare meters.

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Trump’s anti-science budget, anti-climate executive orders, and general disdain for scientific expertise come at a bad time

Today, Donald Trump signed an executive order taking aim at America’s climate policies. On the heels of a report finding that the world needs to halve its carbon pollution every decade to avoid dangerous climate change, Trump’s order would instead increase America’s carbon pollution, to the exclusive benefit of the fossil fuel industry.

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The claims Erdoğan’s agents are spying on supporters of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen open new front in the diplomatic row between the two countries

German prosecutors have announced an investigation into claims that Turkish agents are spying on alleged followers of exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen in Germany.

News of the inquiry came as a German state minister accused Turkey of “intolerable and unacceptable” espionage against supporters of Gülen, blamed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for a failed coup attempt last year.

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Demonstration outside police station after man reportedly shot by officer at home in front of his children

Violent clashes have broken out in Paris between riot police and protesters angry at the police killing of a Chinese man in his own home. Three police officers were injured and 35 demonstrators arrested, the French authorities said on Tuesday.

Shaoyo Liu, 56, was allegedly shot in front of his children while he was cutting up fish. Police say the officer involved in a raid on the property on Sunday fired in self-defence after Liu wounded an officer with a “bladed weapon”.

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Foreign secretary speaks after UK mission puts UN ‘on notice’ over what it sees as human rights council’s bias against Israel

Boris Johnson, the UK foreign secretary, has condemned the UN human rights council criticism of Israeli bombing of Hezbollah positions in the Golan Heights as “absolutely preposterous” and “a profound absurdity”.

He was speaking after the UK mission to the UN in Geneva put the UN “on notice” that it would vote against all resolutions about Israel’s conduct in the occupied Syrian and Palestinian territories unless the human rights council ended what the UK mission described as anti-Israel bias.

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Trump’s son-in-law will lead Office of American Innovation to privatize certain government functions, as he agrees to testify in Russia election investigation

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, found himself back in the spotlight for better and for worse on Monday.

As the US president appointed him to a new White House role, it was revealed that Kushner would testify before a Senate committee investigating Russian interference in last year’s election.

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Pentagon opens investigation into reports that more than 150 civilians died in US-led bombings to retake Iraqi city from Isis

Residents in Mosul were instructed not to leave their homes ahead of airstrikes last week that are reported to have killed more than 150 civilians, Amnesty International has said.

The recent spike in civilian casualties suggests the US-led coalition in Iraq is not taking adequate precautions to prevent civilian deaths as it battles Isis alongside Iraqi ground forces, according to a report by the human rights group on Tuesday.

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Slow-moving category-four storm hits Australia’s north-east but it will be at least a day before destruction can be assessed

• Worst storm in Australia in years hits the mainland – as it happened

Queensland’s police commissioner has warned people to prepare for the possibility of deaths from Cyclone Debbie, the category-four storm that struck the eastern coast of Australia on Tuesday.

The scale of destruction was yet to emerge on Tuesday evening amid reports of severe damage to homes and communities cut off from communications.

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At least 113 countries meet at UN to discuss ban, but US ambassador says the world is too unsafe for the US not to have nuclear weapons

Negotiations on a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons have begun in New York, but have been publicly condemned by the United States, which is leading a coalition of more than 40 countries – including Australia – boycotting the talks.

At least 113 countries are part of the negotiations which have begun at UN headquarters in New York this week, aiming to negotiate a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”.

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Since annexation many ethnic Tatar activists have been detained in outdated mental institutions, rights activists say

Lawyers and human rights activists say Russian authorities in Crimea are increasingly imprisoning human rights activists in psychiatric hospitals and submitting them to psychological abuse.

Since the annexation of the region three years ago many ethnic Tatar activists who oppose the occupation have been arrested and subjected to abuse and imprisonment in outdated mental institutions, said Robert van Voren, a Dutch human rights activist and political scientist.

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Labor targets Malcolm Turnbull’s economic record after ACTU secretary calls for a federal Icac. Follow it live ...

The Business Council is speaking at a quite amazing doorstop.

There are CEOs of some of the largest companies in Australia laying down the law to parliamentarians, specifically the government and the crossbenchers.

There should be no differential between the tax rates of small and large business, says Goyder.

The current leadership gave some of the most eloquent arguments for cutting tax rates in government.

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Theresa May is expected to formally begin the process of the UK’s exit from the EU by triggering the article 50 clause on Wednesday. So what comes next? The Brexit negotiations will last at least two years and will cover Britain’s share of its budget commitments, border and trade arrangements, citizens’ rights and much more

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David Deleiden and Sandra Merritt charged with 15 felonies in California for covert recordings of their attempts to buy fetal tissue from women’s clinics

California prosecutors have charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy of medical providers by filming without consent.

Related: Healthcare without Planned Parenthood: Wisconsin and Texas point to dark future

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A Boeing jet operated by Peruvian Airlines caught fire while landing at an airport near the Andean town of Jauja after it swerved on the runway. Luckily there were no serious injuries. Peruvian Airlines said in a statement that the Boeing 737-300 jet drove off the runway for unspecified reasons during the scheduled landing, after swerving to the right. It said that all 141 people on board the flight, which originated in Lima, were evacuated safely.

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Hope for critically endangered cats as only 221 Indochinese tigers, which once ranged across much of Asia, are thought to remain in Thailand and Myanmar

Conservationists say they have evidence the critically endangered Indochinese tiger is breeding in a Thai jungle, giving hope for the survival of an animal whose total population may be only a little over 200.

Thailand’s conservation authorities, along with two private organisations, have announced photographs of new tiger cubs in eastern Thailand, supporting a scientific survey that confirmed the existence of the world’s second breeding population.

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Michael Sharp, a US citizen, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish national, had been monitoring a sanctions regime when they disappeared

Villagers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have found the remains of two UN investigators and their Congolese interpreter who went missing this month in an area engulfed in a violent uprising.

Michael Sharp, a US citizen, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish national, had been in a group of experts monitoring a sanctions regime imposed on Congo by the UN security council when they disappeared in Kasai Central province.

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Spread facts, be careful, and don’t assume democracy is safe, say people who know what life is like under a strongman leader

The rise of autocracy can be insidious, and doesn’t come with an instruction manual on how to survive, said one of hundreds of people who got in touch to tell us what life is like in Turkey.

Over the past few years the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has slowly tightened his grip on power, imprisoning journalists who criticise him and intimidating citizens who may not agree with him.

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A referendum on vast new powers for the president hangs in the balance despite his comprehensive crackdown on dissent

Can you imagine a pre-dawn raid on the homes of every senior figure in the Guardian? The editor-in-chief being arrested, the CEO, four columnists, three solicitors, a reporter and a cartoonist?

That is precisely what happened to my newspaper last October.

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Prisoners tell of solitary confinement and maltreatment after being caught up in ‘Kafkaesque’ media purge

Scores of imprisoned Turkish journalists face a Kafkaesque nightmare of legal limbo, farcical charge sheets, maltreatment and even solitary confinement in the country that locks up more reporters than any other in the world.

A series of Guardian interviews and written exchanges with several of those jailed as a result of a sweeping media crackdown found a huge mental burden on the incarcerated, as well as tough social and intellectual restrictions.

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Six persecuted writers describe the mental and physical toll of living in the country that jails more journalists than any other

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Sergei Kechimov, appointed guardian of a holy lake by his community, says the indigenous way of life is under threat

Sergei Kechimov, an indigenous Khanty reindeer herder, lives in a one-room cabin with no running water more than 20 miles from the nearest village in Western Siberia. But his home is not as silent as you might think.

Across the swampy woodlands the beeping and rumbling of excavators are audible as they search for oil to prop up Russia’s slumping economy. Environmental protection for indigenous lands has recently been abandoned.

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Street protests that began with anger at a new tax have Belarus’s authoritarian government in their sights

“Basta!” the placards read. “We are not slaves.” These are the most popular slogans brandished at the street protests that have been rippling through Belarus.

The trigger for the demonstrations was a presidential decree imposing a tax on people who declare fewer than 183 days of work a year. The underlying cause is general despondency about life in Europe’s most repressive state.

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Hundreds attend Fem Fest in Moscow to talk about domestic violence, rape and low pay in male-dominated society

After years of operating in the shadows, Russia’s women’s rights activists are pushing back against “traditional values”, and a government that has recently decriminalised some forms of domestic violence.

Related: Fury at Russian move to soften domestic violence law

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Outside the Kazakh capital, Astana, the river snowscape is populated by strange figures. Detroit-based photographer Aleksey Kondratyev investigated and discovered they were ice fishermen, who brave -40C temperatures waiting patiently for their catch

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A group of activists, lawyers and artists have launched a platform to help citizen watchdogs in often dangerous situations

In many African countries, the secretive and self-serving deeds of political and business elites have come to light thanks only to whistleblowers.

In Kenya, former journalist John Githongo exposed fraudulent military equipment deals and other swindles in a series of explosive exposures; Abdullahi Hussein secretly filmed human rights atrocities in Ethiopia; Jean-Jacques Lumumba, a Congolese banker, shed light on serious financial embezzlement involving the ruling Kabila family.

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Thieves who stole world’s second-largest gold coin from Berlin museum appeared to stick to old-fashioned methods

Even in the era of cybercrime, methods more familiar to black-and-white heist movies never fall out of fashion.

On Monday morning, thieves in Berlin used a rope, a foldout ladder and a wheelbarrow to steal the world’s second-largest gold coin from a museum, all within earshot of Angela Merkel’s inner-city apartment.

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29 March 1854: Many of those who accepted the invitation on Saturday learnt, for the first time, from his lordship’s own lips, that the long peace was at an end

As Saturday last was understood to be the last day of the peace of Europe, the appearance of the English cabinet at the Lord Mayor’s dinner was striking and instructive. The Lord Mayor entertained such distinguished guests by reason of a very old custom, and sometimes the entertainment has been so formal and unedifying as scarcely to be worth notice by the press; but many of those who accepted the invitation on Saturday learnt, for the first time, from his lordship’s own lips, that the long peace was at an end.

A messenger had reached London from St. Petersburg, intimating that the war of words was over, and that the war of steel must begin. No matter how splendid may have been the results of peace since the battle of Waterloo, or how great the progress of civilisation, the terrible fact of European hostilities being inevitable was, by the arrival of that messenger, placed beyond the region of doubt; and, with such a text and such a subject, and in the presence of an assembly which comprised many of those who will have to play the leading part in the calamities or triumphs which may impend, it may well be supposed that the toasts of “the Army and Navy,” “Her Majesty’s Ministers,” and “the Foreign Representatives,” never could have been given at a moment more critical, or under circumstances more exciting.

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Alceu Johnny Andreis ran gang who donned matching outfits before dropping through the roof on ropes and jack-hammering their way into vaults

A California man who prosecutors say led a gang of burglars in a decade-long string of Hollywood-style bank robberies, rappelling through roofs in matching outfits and carrying walkie-talkies, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Alceu Johnny Andreis, who was already serving 51 months behind bars for an attempted bank robbery in 2014, was also ordered by a federal judge to pay $12m in restitution and forfeit two Mercedes-Benz cars and four Ducati motorcycles purchased with his proceeds.

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Calls to cruelty hotline rose by nearly 5% in 2016, but charity says increase reflects more sharing of abuse footage on social media

The number of animal cruelty investigations by the RSPCA jumped by nearly 5% last year to more than 400 a day, according to figures released by the animal welfare charity.

In its annual prosecutions report the RSPCA said it had investigated almost 150,000 cases in 2016. Calls to its 24-hour cruelty hotline rose by nearly 4%, averaging one every 27 seconds.

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Ruling stated that Texas used outdated medical criteria to make decide that Bobby James Moore, convicted for 1980 murder, does not have mental disability

The supreme court on Tuesday sided with a Texas death row inmate who claims he should not be executed because he is intellectually disabled.

The justices, by a 5-3 vote, reversed a Texas appeals court ruling that said inmate Bobby James Moore was not intellectually disabled.

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Ruth Maclean reports on how residents of ruined east Aleppo are coping with life after a government offensive, backed by Russia, forced out rebel fighters. A school has opened there and people who lost legs in the crossfire are learning to use prosthetic limbs

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President’s rising son-in-law Jared Kushner faces grilling … our special report on knife crime … and the man who unleashed Comic Sans on the world

Donald Trump’s apparent determination to run his administration as a family huddle has been underlined after he appointed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to head something called the “Office of American Innovation”. Sabrina Siddique explains for you this morning how Kushner has quietly and shrewdly worked his way up through the Trump election campaign and into the corridors of power.

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China now able to deploy combat aircraft and missile launchers to disputed islands at any time, says US thinktank

China has largely completed three major military bases in the South China Sea that have naval, air, radar and missile-defence facilities, according to a US thinktank.

Related: South China Sea images reveal impact on coral of Beijing's military bases

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Men allegedly overran neighbouring village, searching for people who had committed sorcery, killing seven, including two children

More than 100 men charged over the killings of seven people – including two young children – who they believed were practising sorcery, will face trial in Papua New Guinea next month.

In April 2014 a large group of men allegedly overran a neighbouring village, searching for people who had committed sorcery, burning down houses and violently killing seven people. Two children, aged three and five, were reportedly taken from their mothers arms and hacked to death.

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According to the Swedish national television news on 22 March, more than 1,100 Britons have applied for Swedish nationality following the Brexit referendum. With house prices way below those in the UK, many hope to move to Sweden shortly. Why not you, too? Sweden is a beautiful country, and has only 10 million inhabitants in an area twice that of the whole UK. Sweden is looking for qualified workers in many branches, especially in industry, health, schooling and IT.

Swedish is a Germanic language; it has, therefore, very many similarities with English and is pretty easy to pick up. While Sweden has fantastic summers, it can get a bit chilly in winter. But please note, there are no polar bears walking the streets, just plenty of wildlife in the forests. Lots of useful information on Wikipedia.
Philip Groves
Växjö, Sweden

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The anti-slavery commissioner has complained that data gathering for tracking victims of cannabis farms is “a mess” (Police ‘failing to tackle’ slave trafficking on cannabis farms, 25 March). It’s actually much worse than that. We have just published a study of 39 young men working on cannabis farms in conditions of trafficking and forced labour. Despite the police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the judges knowing in around half of the cases that they were victims of modern slavery, and despite the commissioner stating that they are not prosecuted, nearly all were in fact sentenced to prison terms, some for as long as 20 months. This not only makes a nonsense of the statutory defence for victims, which should prevent them being criminalised, it shows how ill-prepared the criminal justice system is to address issues of modern slavery. Meanwhile, as the commissioner notes, there has not been a single prosecution of the cannabis traffickers.
Gary Craig and Patrick Burland
Modern Slavery Research Consortium

• Your article sheds much-needed light on the dreadful consequences of UK policy on cannabis. Two very important points are missing, however.

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The problem remains with all religions that literal interpretations of sacred texts, favoured by fundamentalists, leave vulnerable people open to exploitation by those whose purpose is evil (Well-trodden path from criminality to extremism, 25 March). Clearly, mainstream Muslim leaders must challenge such aberrations. But seeing the pictures of the young Khalid Masood at school, Keir Starmer’s words “if you want a really effective criminal justice strategy, you don’t build bigger prisons, you invest money in young kids” (Interview, 25 March) ring out most effective.
David Murray
Wallington, Surrey

• Though now a lapsed, recovering, Catholic, from 1947 to 1965 I was fully versed daily by priests, monks and nuns in Christian lore and practice. Contrary to your editorial (27 March), we were commanded to “turn the other cheek” and to pray for, not to slaughter or even harass, non-believers. Medieval Christians did mercilessly torture and murder selected heretics in order to steal their assets; but that was politics as usual, not religion.
Noel Hodson

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Moscow court hands down 15-day prison sentence and a fine to Navalny, who was arrested at anti-government rally

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been fined and sentenced to 15 days in prison, a day after some of the biggest anti-government protests since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012 swept the country.

Navalny was jailed and given a 20,000-rouble (£280) fine by a Moscow court for disobeying police orders and organising the protests, which led to more than 1,000 people being detained.

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Liberal lawmakers plan to reveal legislation in April to decriminalise and regulate recreational marijuana, one of Justin Trudeau’s campaign promises

The Canadian government is scrambling to craft legislation to legalise recreational marijuana by 1 July 2018 – a move that would fulfill a campaign promise by the prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

The Liberal government will reveal the legislation in the second week of April, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, putting Canada on course to become the first G7 country to fully legalise marijuana use.

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Samira Kitman had originally been refused asylum, but the Home Office changed its mind after being made aware of her profile


I’m writing because you expressed interest in getting updates from our new series on the lives of refugees and asylum seekers who have come to Europe: The New Arrivals.

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Judge rules that Spain has jurisdiction to prosecute in case of truck driver who was allegedly tortured and murdered in Damascus

A Spanish court is to investigate allegations that nine members of the Syrian regime committed “state terrorism” by kidnapping, torturing and murdering a truck driver who disappeared in Damascus four years ago.

The landmark case – the first criminal complaint accepted against President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces by a European court – has been brought on behalf of the victim’s sister, a Spanish citizen who lives in Madrid.

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Police hunt for thieves with ladder who escaped with record-breaking Canadian exhibit from bullet-proof case

A Canadian gold coin named “Big Maple Leaf” and bearing the image of Queen Elizabeth II was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum early on Monday.

The coin is pure gold, weighs about 100kg (221lb) and has a face value of C$1m (£590,000).

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More than 40 injured after avalanche struck while students were climbing near Nasu Onsen ski resort north of Tokyo

Seven high school students and a teacher have died and more than 40 people have been injured after an avalanche hit ski slopes in Japan.

A total of 52 students and 11 teachers from seven high schools were taking part in a three-day mountaineering expedition near the Nasu Onsen resort, 93 miles (150km) north of Tokyo, when the incident occurred at about 9.20am (00.20am GMT) on Monday.

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Presidential candidate without a party has overtaken Socialist Benoît Hamon in polls and vows to make second round of election

For Jean-Luc Mélenchon, France’s hard-left presidential candidate, it is a case of one down, two to go.

Opinion polls suggest the veteran political rebel, who is calling for a nonviolent “citizens’ revolution” and for the French constitution to be torn up and rewritten, has overtaken the official Socialist party candidate, Benoît Hamon.

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Anglicans tackle divisive legacy of 1950s and win Queen’s permission to set up new post in one of UK’s first majority black cities

The Church of England is creating a new bishop specifically to reach out to black, Asian and minority ethnic people and to drive cultural change in one of the UK’s most diverse cities.

The diocese of Leicester has petitioned the Queen for permission to create a new see, and expects the new suffragan bishop of Loughborough to be in post by the end of the year.

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Feike de Jong walked the entire perimeter of one of the biggest cities in the world, to capture the strange scenery of the fringes of Mexico’s capital

Feike de Jong is the creator of the app Limits: On Foot Along the Edge of the Megalopolis of the Valley of Mexico

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The US Virgin Islands capital used to be a favourite stop for hard-drinking pirates. Today, it boasts grand architecture, a lively arts scene – and an identity that is very much non-American

The Caribbean’s busiest cruise-ship destination, the city of Charlotte Amalie is celebrating a sea-change centenary. One hundred years ago on Friday, the US paid $25m in gold coins to Denmark, buying what became the US Virgin Islands archipelago. One of these islands was St Thomas, the 13-mile-long island that seats the 18,000-strong capital, whose deep-water harbour has made Charlotte Amalie the first port of call for turquoise waters, artisanal jewellery and copious rum cocktails.

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The Sicilian capital is using millions of euros seized from crime bosses to fund regeneration – though the scars inflicted by the Cosa Nostra may never fully heal

Every city, at some stage in its history, reaches a tipping point. For Palermo, it was one sweltering afternoon in July 1992, when more than 1,500 soldiers armed with automatic weapons took up positions on every corner of its eerily quiet streets in a show of military force unknown to Italy since the end of the second world war.

On that day, 24 July, the war was against the mafia, and Italy was losing. Six days earlier, a car bomb had killed Paolo Borsellino, the chief justice investigating the godfathers of Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian mafia. The five officers in his police escort also died. In May, the car of another judge, Giovanni Falcone, the mafia bosses’ number one enemy, had been blown up. The 300 kilos of TNT that killed him along with his wife and three escorting officers opened up a 15-metre crater in the motorway connecting the airport to the city.

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It’s not impossible that food in a restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina could have involved undocumented workers at every stage of processing – and that deporting them would seriously hurt the whole industry

Miguel has endured a lot to be able to make food for the people of Charlotte, North Carolina. As one of the city’s thousands of undocumented workers from Mexico, he once spent over a week in the Texas desert after crossing the border. He hasn’t seen his children for over three years.

But he loves the process of creating food, and has memorized the time it takes to prep each ingredient, and his goals for how to do it quicker. The kitchen has become his refuge – one of the only places in the city that he’ll even go, now that his continued existence in the US is increasingly tenuous.

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From Hefei to Honghu, readers across China share their stories about how their cities are changing – and what the county’s rapid urbanisation means for them

When I introduce myself to my American classmates, I insist on stating my native language is Wu-Chinese. That’s true, because my entire family tree has been in the city of Shaoxing for more than a century. Since the day I was born, I was surrounded by Wu-Chinese speakers with Shaoxing’s dialect.

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An ‘international tourism destination of peerless beauty’ say the slogans hanging in the streets of Guilin, but one of the scenic city’s rivers has recently been home to sewage and garbage. In a country where environmentalists are charged with anti-government espionage, will the authorities intervene?

When Jianjun Xu woke up one morning in May 2015, the ground floor of his house in Gongcheng, Guilin, was flooded. After heavy rainstorms, the nearby Cha River swelled, sweeping away hundreds of homes. “The water was up to my knees,” he says. “It smelled awful and there was garbage floating in my living room.”

Xu didn’t understand how the floodwater had reached his street. Anti-flood barriers had been under construction since December 2012. Given the speed of Chinese infrastructure work, he thought the project had been completed. But instead of a construction site, he found a green river, its banks decorated with garbage.

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Unlike Guangzhou’s African community – who have faced prejudice and hostility – Yiwu’s foreign residents enjoy an ‘unusual freedom of worship’, with the municipal government even consulting international traders on city business

After dark on Exotic Street in China’s eastern city of Yiwu, three Yemeni boys crowd round a large charcoal barbecue rack selling lamb kebabs and baked breads. They order in confident Mandarin, chatting rapidly between themselves in Arabic.

Inside the adjoining Erbil restaurant, two Jordanian men share a plate heaped with barbecued meat and vegetables, while on the street corner two men sit smoking shisha pipes. The Zekeen supermarket sells both instant noodles and halal meat, and an African woman wearing a hijab carries out bags of shopping. Opposite, two young Russian women emerge from a shop that sells the unlikely combination of trainers and sex toys.

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Young people who reported sexual abuse by soldiers are still living on the streets in Central African Republic, despite political pledges they would be looked after

Children who reported they were abused by peacekeeping soldiers have been left on the streets to fend for themselves despite promises to look after them.

The revelation that international peacekeepers had been sexually abusing children in Central African Republic was at the centre of a huge controversy that erupted in 2015, and resulted in the resignation of senior UN official Anders Kompass, the whistleblower who exposed the UN’s failure to tackle the abuse.

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Development committee says misleading headlines on aid spending appeared to lead to the closure of programmes that were performing well

MPs have criticised the Department for International Development (DfID) for closing aid programmes based on negative media coverage and expressed concern over its handling of reputational risk.

Aid spending is coming under intense scrutiny and has been much criticised in the media. But much of the coverage was misleading, according to a report published by the House of Commons international development committee.

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Green groups say $130bn merger signals lack of choice for farmers who need more seed diversity to adapt to changing climate

The EU has approved a $130bn mega-merger between Dow and DuPont, heralding a new round of agribusiness takeovers that environmentalists fear will endanger the future of sustainable food production.

Brussels is widely expected to clear another hookup between Syngenta and ChemChina in the next two weeks, with notification of a marriage between Monsanto and Bayer expected later in the year.

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Agreement made at UN’s Commission on the Status of Women overcomes efforts by US and Russia to weaken text on violence, and sexual and reproductive rights

UN member states have pledged to close the gender pay gap and reduce and redistribute unpaid care and domestic work that falls disproportionately on women.

After two weeks of intense discussions in New York, the Commission on the Status of Women ended with commitments by states to advance women’s economic empowerment by implementing equal pay policies, gender audits and job evaluations. The gender pay gap stands at 23% globally, according to UN figures.

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UN condemns ‘heinous murder’ of humanitarian staff from Unicef partner and calls on ‘all those in a position of power’ in South Sudan to end the violence

Six aid workers and their driver have been killed in South Sudan in the worst single attack on humanitarian staff in the country’s three-year civil war.

The aid workers, from a Unicef partner, Grassroots Empowerment and Development Organisation (Gredo), which works to support children released from armed groups, were in a vehicle marked as belonging to an NGO when they were attacked on Saturday. Four of the dead were South Sudanese and three were Kenyans.

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As hunger spreads in east Africa, famine threatens to take hold beyond South Sudan. Lucy Lamble explores the background and response to the crisis

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Migrants in Jordan who flee abusive employers risk being imprisoned as illegal workers if they fail to find shelter with their embassies

Maricel realised too late that the window had locked shut behind her. The 31-year-old Filipina was perched outside a second floor window, blood filling her mouth where two teeth had been smashed out. She had climbed on to the ledge to flee her employer, who had grabbed her hair and bashed her face into a wall, Maricel says.

“It’s so high. I want to go back, but the glass doesn’t open. Madam is close. She is screaming, ‘I kill you now!’” Maricel says. “What can I do? I jumped.”

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Access to water is a human right, but roughly one in 10 people are without a safe source. Why not take the plunge and discover whether you’re an aquaphile or an aquaphobe?

In which city do the Blue and White Nile meet?





Based on average daily usage in the developed world, what uses most water?


Washing up


Toilet flushing

“Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink” – which poet wrote this?

Carol Ann Duffy

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Benjamin Zephaniah

Dorothy Wordsworth

What does the Arabic word sahra' mean?



Water hole


Where is the most difficult place in the world for households to access clean water?

Papua New Guinea




In ancient Rome, cold baths were "frigidarium" and warm baths were "tepidarium". What were hot baths?





Lago de Maracaibo is the largest lake in South America. Which country is it in?





Transpiration in plants is similar to what process in humans?





What percentage of the world’s water is salt water?





What is the wettest capital city in the world?





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When they fled their homes at the start of the conflict, these Syrian families thought they would return within days. Six years on, still in Lebanon and Jordan – and with no chance of return – they show what they brought with them

All photographs by Andrew McConnell/British Red Cross

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Fadila Bargicho believes divine intervention saved the life of one of her two sons when a landfill site collapsed near Addis Ababa. The reality is more prosaic

It was only a misplaced shoe that prevented Fadila Bargicho from losing a second child when an avalanche of rubbish crushed makeshift houses, killing at least 113 people in Addis Ababa earlier this month.

An impatient Ayider Habesha, nine, had left his older brother searching for his footwear. He headed to religious lessons in a hut next to the towering dump. Ayider was buried alive with his six classmates and teacher when a chunk of the open landfill gave way on the evening of 11 March. His body was recovered two days later.

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Republicans calling for a return to the pro-business government of the 1920s never reflected political reality – and now the party can never be the same

On Friday, not with a final stand but with an ignominious retreat, the modern Republican party died. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan had to pull the Republicans’ repeal of America’s Affordable Care Act before members of his own party killed it. That legislative defeat was the moment Republican ideology engaged in its first real battle with reality, and reality won. The Republican party can never again be the same.

Since 1980, Republican leadership has embraced the draconian goal of dismantling the New Deal state. When Democrats under Franklin D Roosevelt put in place policies to regulate business and finance, protect workers, and provide a basic social safety net in the hope of preventing another Great Depression, a reactionary rump of pro-business Republicans howled.

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The leaders who denounced Putin for deadly airstrikes in Syria are not speaking out over the siege of the Iraqi city

America and the UK condemned Russian airstrikes that killed or injured hundreds of civilians during last autumn’s siege of Aleppo, accusing Vladimir Putin of war crimes. The question now is whether the US, backed by British air power, is committing similar atrocities against civilians in Mosul.

Addressing the UN security council in September, Matthew Rycroft, Britain’s ambassador, said Russia had “unleashed a new hell” on Aleppo. “Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes,” he said. The US accused Putin of “barbarism”.

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The two appear to be a study in contrasts – but both display a remarkable lack of compassion. Their likeness could serve to justify Democrats’ opposition

On the surface, they could hardly be more different. Neil Gorsuch is known for his intellectual firepower; Donald Trump speaks at the level of a 10-year-old. Gorsuch has literary panache; Trump once referred to the size of his genitalia on a presidential debate stage. Gorsuch is a textualist; Trump makes up his own facts. And at first, it seemed confirmation hearings for Gorsuch’s nomination to be the next justice on the supreme court this week would only serve to heighten these contrasts.

As Trump tweeted angry disinformation in response to the revelation of an FBI investigation into his administration, Gorsuch sat coolly before members of the Senate judiciary committee. He quoted Socrates and reminisced with Ted Cruz about playing ball on the supreme court’s basketball court as young clerks.

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These benefits are optional in the Republicans’ world. That’s what happens when the conservatives’ disregard for women and healthcare meet

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As Republicans tried (and failed) to repeal the Affordable Care Act yesterday while the president played big boy truck time, it was hard to remember a time when each day didn’t feel a million years long.

The right isn’t even trying to hide their disdain for poor people anymore: today Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said on CBS This Morning that if people were worried about their state not requiring employers to cover services like maternity care, they should “figure out a way to change the state” they live in.

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Much like with the Trump allegations, the Kremlin denies any meddling in the French election while simultaneously revelling in the suggestion

The expression said it all. Even by Vladimir Putin’s standards, it was a knowing smirk of epic proportions as he shook hands with Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday.

Related: Putin tells Le Pen Russia has no plans to meddle in French election

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US president plays hardball with Congress by threatening to walk away from repealing Obamacare if the House fails to pass his healthcare bill

The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City has been described as the biggest gamble of Donald Trump’s business career. In 1990, he relied on high-interest loans known as junk bonds to launch the casino-hotel complex. The gamble was a spectacular failure and, just over a year later, the Taj Mahal filed for bankruptcy.

Now Trump is taking the biggest gamble of his short political career. This time he is dealing not with bankers and bondholders but politicians with all their calculations around ideology and electoral cycles. Friday is make-or-break day – and no one knows what will happen.

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Poland and Hungary expected to bridle at plans to empower core group of member states as bloc marks 60-year anniversary

The role of leader of Europe’s awkward squad, played with aplomb by the UK for the past 45 years, will be handed to Poland and Hungary at the weekend when European Union leaders meet in Rome to celebrate 60 years of the EU’s existence and map out a new future after Brexit.

With Theresa May absent, leaders from Warsaw and Budapest will puncture any mood of self-congratulation. They are also expected to bridle at any plans to empower groups of member states to choose to integrate more deeply, in effect creating a two-speed Europe.

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Only two presidents in history have been impeached, but murmurs continue to surround Trump. Here’s how the process would work – if it would at all

On 21 July 2007, George W Bush underwent surgery to have five polyps removed after what was described as a routine colonoscopy. The date may have been lost to history, but for the rare invocation at the time of a constitutional amendment laying out how the transfer of power to the vice-president works in cases of presidential disability.

For 125 minutes – as long as it took for Bush to enter and emerge from partial anesthesia, eat breakfast and display possession of his native wit – Dick Cheney held all the powers attached to the office of the presidency. (Some wags have suggested that Cheney wielded that authority, unofficially, over a much longer time span.)

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On March 26, Hong Kong will elect its next leader, known as the chief executive, for the first time since widespread protests over democratisation

Hong Kong will elect the next head of the city, known as the chief executive, for a five-year term on 26 March. This is the first election for the city’s top job since dissatisfaction with the pace of democratisation sparked widespread street protests in 2014.

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The House intelligence committee chairman, Devin Nunes, says the investigation of possible Russian ties to Donald Trump’s campaign will ‘move forward’. Nunes brushed off questions on whether he would recuse himself on Tuesday morning, telling reporters at the Capitol: ‘The investigation continues.’ The specter of possible Russian influence on the presidential election in Trump’s favor has cast a shadow over the Republican president, who took office on 20 January

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A mystery rooted in Donald Trump’s claim that he was wiretapped by Barack Obama during the election campaign deepened this week with the disclosure that a top congressional Republican reviewed classified information on the White House grounds about potential surveillance of some Trump campaign associates

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The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, said on Monday that cities and states that protect immigrant felons from federal immigration laws may see cuts in grants from the justice department. ‘Failure to deport aliens who are convicted of criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk, especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators,’ Sessions told a White House news briefing

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Fresh off a defeat on US healthcare legislation, Donald Trump is now turning to tax reform in an effort to get his administration back on track. But taxes could be even more politically fraught than healthcare. No president has overhauled the US tax code since 1986. Watch our short guide to what’s at stake

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Up to 18 people have been injured after an escalator suddenly changed direction in a Hong Kong shopping centre. CCTV footage of the incident at Langham Place mall was posted to social media at the weekend. The shopping centre say the escalator passed an inspection last week. Two technicians have been arrested on charges of obstruction of justice

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Rescue workers in Japan are searching for survivors after an avalanche hit a ski field on Monday. Seven high-school students and a teacher have died, while more than 40 people have been injured. 52 students and 11 teachers were taking part in a three-day mountaineering expedition near the Nasu Onsen resort, 93 miles north of Tokyo, when the incident occurred

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Joe Biden, former US vice-president, says he regrets not being president stating that he believes he was the best candidate for the job. Biden, who was speaking at Colgate University in central New York state on Friday, said he made the decision not to run in 2016 due to family circumstances

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Cincinnati’s assistant police chief, Paul Neudigate, says it is very lucky that there is only one fatality following the Cameo Nightlife club shooting on Sunday morning. Fifteen people were shot, one fatally, after at least two shooters stormed the building. At present, the motive remains unclear

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President Trump supporters clash with counter-protestors dressed in all black at a Make America Great Again rally on Bolsa Chica state beach in California. Fights broke out between the two groups on Saturday which saw four counter-protesters being arrested - three for illegal use of pepper spray and one for assault and battery

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