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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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Theme emerges as US president visits Israel during first international trip, saying Iran must cease ‘funding terrorists’ and never obtain nuclear weapons

Donald Trump, on his first presidential visit to Israel and the West Bank, has escalated his war of words against Iran, demanding that Tehran immediately stop its financial and military support for “terrorists and militias” and reiterating that it must never be permitted to possess nuclear weapons.

Trump referred to the Iran issue repeatedly on Monday, expanding on his speech in Saudi Arabia the day before in which he blamed “Iran’s rising ambitions” for violently destabilising the Middle East.

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Boris Boillon, a former adviser to Nicolas Sarkozy, faces tax fraud and forgery charges after being stopped with a bag stuffed with cash

A French diplomat and close adviser to the former president Nicolas Sarkozy has gone on trial after he was stopped trying to leave the country with a bag stuffed with banknotes.

Boris Boillon, who was known as “Sarko Boy”, appeared in a Paris court on Monday on charges of tax fraud and forgery following the discovery.

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Bibiana Steinhaus’s appointment as a top-flight referee has been likened to Angela Merkel becoming chancellor in 2005

The appointment of a woman as a top-flight referee in Germany has been hailed as a breakthrough for equality domestically and a milestone for football.

Bibiana Steinhaus has become an overnight celebrity since the announcement by the German football federation’s referee commission that she will take charge of games in the Bundesliga next season. The same organisation banned women from playing football as recently as the 1950s.

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Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça have been on strike after losing their jobs in purge that followed coup attempt

Two Turkish teachers who are on their 75th day of a hunger strike have been detained by police in Ankara.

Nuriye Gülmen, a professor of literature, and Semih Özakça, a primary school teacher, have been on strike for more than 10 weeks after losing their jobs following the failed coup against the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, last July.

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Hardliner’s win comes months after he resigned following a party revolt over his stance on parliamentary deadlock

Pedro Sánchez has regained the leadership of Spain’s bitterly divided Socialist party seven months after being ousted in a coup that laid bare the faultlines within the PSOE and left its status as the main opposition party in jeopardy.

On Sunday night, Sánchez took 50% of the vote, sailing past his main rival, Susana Díaz, the president of the PSOE stronghold of Andalucía, who took 40%. The former Basque president Patxi López finished third with 10%.

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Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics

Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.

The Guardian has seen more than 100 internal training manuals, spreadsheets and flowcharts that give unprecedented insight into the blueprints Facebook has used to moderate issues such as violence, hate speech, terrorism, pornography, racism and self-harm.

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Tim Mosedale says destruction of rocky outcrop, possibly in 2015 earthquake, may make climbing to summit more dangerous

A British mountaineer has confirmed that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the climb more dangerous.

The Hillary Step, named after Sir Edmund Hillary who, along with the sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first person to climb the mountain in 1953, may have been destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

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Zakir Musa, a highly influential commander, distances himself from 70-year-old separatist movement and aligns himself with ideals of al-Qaida

A serious rift has emerged within the decades-old insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir, with a top militant commander vowing to establish a Islamic system in the disputed Himalayan region and repudiating the goal of an independent nation.

Zakir Musa, the commander of Kashmir’s largest anti-India militia, has explicitly distanced himself from the 70-year-old independence movement in the valley as well as from elements who wish to merge with Pakistan, declaring his fight is “exclusively for Islam, so that Sharia [Islamic law] is established here”.

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Capping a legacy that stretches back to 19th-century showman PT Barnum, the circus staged its final show in New York

The clowns, animal acts and acrobats of the storied Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus took their final bow on Sunday, with a space-themed balancing act kicking off the farewell performance of the “greatest show on Earth” after 146 years.

Capping a legacy that stretches back to the 19th-century showman PT Barnum, the circus bade adieu with a series of shows at the weekend at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.

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LGBT groups say the gay community in Jakarta has been subject to an unprecedented wave of discrimination and attacks

Indonesian police have arrested more than 100 men in a weekend raid on a gay sauna in the capital Jakarta, a day before two men are to be publicly flogged for having same sex relations.

Authorities raided what they said was a sex party promoted as ‘The Wild One,’ held at a sauna and gym venue in Jakarta’s north on Sunday evening.

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President Nicolás Maduro claims victim was a Chavista but witnesses say the man was attacked after being accused of being a thief

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has excoriated opposition protesters on Sunday for setting a man on fire during a demonstration, accusing them of targeting him for being pro-government.

“A person was set on fire, beaten up, stabbed ... They nearly lynched him, just because he shouted out that he was a ‘Chavista’,” Maduro said, referring to the ruling socialist movement set up by his predecessor Hugo Chavez.

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Landmark court case this week is likely to determine the success or failure of draft laws currently before parliament

Chi Chia-wei will find out on Wednesday if his decades long fight to make Taiwan the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage has been a success.

Chi, 59, a pioneering Taiwanese gay rights activist, is the celebrated face behind one of the most controversial legal cases the island democracy has seen in recent years, where 14 judges must rule if the civil code, which states that marriage is between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.

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Exclusive: Royal New Zealand Navy says no investigation opened following biggest ever US navy bribery case

The Royal New Zealand Navy paid hundreds of thousands of dollars over four years to a ship services company run by a man now imprisoned in the US for an enormous corruption and sex scandal, the Guardian has learned.

US prosecutors say Leonard Glenn Francis, known as Fat Leonard for his wide girth, had cheated its navy out of nearly US $34m — mostly through overcharging port services and providing gifts to personnel, including arranging sex parties.

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New legislation streamlines the more than two dozen requirements previously needed to launch facilities, which offer supervision and sterile equipment

Canada’s government has made it easier to open supervised drug injection sites across the country, offering communities a lifeline as they battle an opioid crisis that has claimed thousands of lives in recent years.

New legislation passed this week streamlines the more than two dozen requirements previously needed to launch these facilities, which offer a medically supervised space and sterile equipment for people who use drugs intravenously.

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Girl shaken but physically unharmed after large sea lion grabs her dress and pulls her into the water near Vancouver, Canada

A young girl and her family were left shaken after a large sea lion grabbed her and pulled her underwater near Vancouver.

The girl was sitting on a dock in Richmond watching the animal in the water before it grabbed her dress and pulled her into the water.

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National security adviser says controversial meeting at White House should have stayed confidential amid reports president disparaged former FBI director

Donald Trump’s national security adviser refused to say on Sunday whether the president had used his recent Oval Office meeting with Russian officials to confront them about interference in the 2016 election.

Related: Former Trump adviser asked to testify to House committee on Russia

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US and South Korean officials say rocket flew about 310 miles before landing in sea east of the country

North Korea fired a medium-range missile on Sunday, according to US and South Korean officials, the latest ballistics test by a country speeding up its development of nuclear weapons and missiles.

South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff said the rocket had been fired from an area near the North Korean county of Pukchang and had flown eastward for about 310 miles (500km). The US Pacific Command said it had tracked the missile before it landed in the sea.

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Newspaper cites 10 current and former officials in report of serious intelligence breach caused either by a mole or hacking of covert communication system

The Chinese government “systematically dismantled” CIA spying operations in the country starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, it was reported on Saturday.

Related: Saudi leaders hail Trump visit as ‘reset of regional order’

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Finnish woman is kidnapped after attackers storm guesthouse belonging to Swedish charity in Afghan capital

Unknown gunmen killed two people, a German woman and an Afghan guard, and abducted a Finnish woman in Kabul on Saturday evening, according to officials.

On Saturday evening, the attackers entered a compound housing employees working for Operation Mercy, a Swedish charity, in a residential area off Darulaman Road in western Kabul.

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Venezuelans take to the streets, furious about shortages, rocketing inflation and human rights crackdowns, demanding President Maduro hold elections

Masses of protesters with white shirts, homemade gas masks and flags draped around their shoulders shut down a main road in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, in a continuation of near-daily street protests.

Soldiers closed access to the centre of the city and officials closed at least 10 metro stations in anticipation of Saturday’s protest, which was part of demonstrations across the country by hundreds of thousands of people. The protests marked 50 days of protests against the government of President Nicolás Maduro, with unrest gaining momentum despite a rising death toll and chaotic scenes of night-time looting.

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Gonski 2.0 school funding package comes to parliament as education minister warns he won’t return to deals advantaging some school sectors over others. Follow it live...

In the House, the first debate is on the fair work amendment (corrupting benefits) bill that criminalises payments to unions in return for trading worker pay and conditions.

Labor’s employment shadow, Brendan O’Connor, wants to amend the bill:

Whilst not declining to give the bill a second reading, the House calls on the government to:

(1) abandon its support of the decision of the Fair Work Commission to cut penalty rates because it will mean nearly 700,000 Australians will have their take-home pay cut by up to $77 a week; and

The bill contains some improvements to the existing law, they are not enough and the House declines to give the bill a second reading and calls on the government to establish a national independent commission against corruption.

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Rodrigo Duterte embarks on five-day visit as he seeks to loosen ties with Washington and strengthen bond with Russia

The Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, is due to arrive in Moscow for a five-day trip in which he will meet his “favourite hero” Vladimir Putin and attempt to reorient his country’s geopolitical alliance further away from the US and towards Moscow.

Duterte has lambasted the US since he came to power last year, calling Barack Obama a “son of a bitch”, and has said Russia and China are the only two major world powers he trusts.

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Elijah Cummings of the House oversight committee claimed the former national security adviser appeared to lie to Obama-era investigators about his foreign ties

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn appears to have lied about his foreign ties to Barack Obama-era investigators who were weighing whether to renew his security clearances, according to a letter published by Congressman Elijah Cummings, the ranking member of the House oversight committee.

Related: Senate committee subpoenas Michael Flynn in Trump-Russia investigation

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States would have to destroy any nuclear weapons they have and would be forbidden from transferring them

A United Nations-backed panel has publicly released a draft treaty banning the possession and use of all nuclear weapons.

The draft treaty is the culmination of a sustained campaign, supported by more than 130 non-nuclear states frustrated with the sclerotic pace of disarmament, to prohibit nuclear weapons and persuade nuclear-armed states to disarm.

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Member of North Korea sanctions committee, known as the 1718 committee, warns of ‘sustained cyber campaign’ after hackers breached expert’s computer

United Nations experts investigating violations of sanctions on North Korea have suffered a “sustained” cyber-attack by unknown hackers with “very detailed insight” into their work, according to an email warning seen by Reuters.

The hackers eventually breached the computer of one of the experts on 8 May, the chair of the panel of experts wrote in an email to UN officials and the UN security council’s North Korea sanctions committee, known as the 1718 committee.

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Got a minute? President hobnobs in Middle East… with a messianic promise… our roundup of the most awkward moments… and everything else today in US politics. By Tom McCarthy

Donald Trump spent the weekend in Saudi Arabia before traveling to Israel, where he became the first sitting US president to visit the Western wall … and to make prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu visibly uncomfortable at a press conference.

Trump focuses fire on Iran

After Netanyahu denied he had any concerns about intelligence cooperation with the US, Trump jumped in to insist he “never mentioned the word or the name ‘Israel’” in conversation with the Russians. Which no one had accused him of.

‘Hot mic’ moment: ‘they love us’

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Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and other G7 leaders meet in Taormina this week. How will this already tourist-choked town – famous for its beauty and ancient ruins – cope?

Tucked away on a natural terrace between rocks and water in Sicily’s east coast, the historic town of Taormina is gaining international prestige as it prepares for an upcoming global event.

The small coastal town, which sits on a hill 206 metres above sea level overlooking Mount Etna, has always attracted visitors. It was once described by Ernest Hemingway as being so pretty “it hurts to look” at it. Celebrities such as Ava Gardner and celebrated writers like DH Lawrence were drawn to Taormina and its ancient ruins – the theatre overlooking the sea dates back to the third century BC. Now, it’s such a mass-market tourist destination that the town has almost lost its original charm.

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Seoul’s ambitious Skygarden revives a disused elevated 1970s highway with 24,000 plants – and is open to all, 24 hours a day

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The ambitious mayor of a big city backs a project to put a garden on a bridge. A celebrated designer is appointed and seductive images released. It gets compared to the High Line in New York – that urban phenomenon envied as much by rival cities as the Eiffel Tower once was. It provokes controversy.

This much the Skygarden in Seoul has in common with the Garden Bridge in London, but then their stories diverge. Where the London version has foundered, the Korean one will be opened this Saturday by mayor Park Won-soon, a former activist who built his career on opposing both corruption and the conservative establishment, and supporting human rights.

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The bikes designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde would suck in polluted air, using positive ionisation to purify it, before releasing it back into the atmosphere

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has announced the next phase of his Smog Free Project: a bike that sucks in polluted air and releases purified air in a cloud around the cyclist.

According to Roosegaarde, whose design firm Studio Roosegaarde has offices in both Rotterdam and Beijing, the idea for his Smog Free Project came just over three years ago, as he gazed out of his Beijing apartment’s window. On a Saturday, the city skyline is visible; on weekdays, it’s shrouded in smog.

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When Mexican drug cartels threatened the country’s $1.5bn avocado export industry with extortion and murder, farmers in Tancítaro decided to fight back

Javier is finally starting to feel safe. A gruff 46-year-old avocado grower with a laugh like an idling Harley-Davidson, Javier still remembers the gruesome reports of cartel gunmen kidnapping and killing a neighbour’s daughter, torching a local avocado packaging facility and murdering a pregnant schoolteacher. But the memories are starting to fade.

Tancítaro, the world capital of avocado production, has finally achieved a semblance of stability. It has been over two years since the last pitched battles between vigilante fighters and cartel gunmen on the outskirts. Families whose orchards were seized by cartel gunmen are now running their farms again. “The government doesn’t rule here. But it’s under control. You can relax,” he says.

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The economic fates of diverse cities such as San Francisco, New York and Detroit would seem to be vastly different – but they share a common thread

Over the last half-century, the story of America’s cities is a tale of booms and busts. New York and tech hubs like San Francisco – once cities in financial distress – have transformed into economic powerhouses. At the other extreme, one-time prosperous manufacturing cities like Detroit now find themselves in economic turmoil.

Viewed in isolation, the economic fates of these cities would seem to bear little resemblance to each other. However, they all share a common thread: since 1970 these cities, like nearly every other major American city, have experienced a “hollowing out” of the middle class.

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The so-called ‘municipal brothel’ opening today isn’t quite that – but rather a city council initiative to enable prostitutes to run their own brothel in a bid to improve work conditions

In a bid to improve working conditions in the city’s sex industry, a brothel run by prostitutes themselves will be opened today by the mayor of Amsterdam.

An initiative of the city council, the new brothel occupies 14 “windows” across four buildings on the so-called Wallen, Amsterdam’s red light district. About 40 sex workers will be able to operate out of the premises, which are being run by a foundation called My Red Light, in which prostitutes take an active part.

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The coastal home of Tsingtao beer is building the world’s largest movie production facility, with the latest Pacific Rim film blockbuster now wrapping up shooting. Is one of China’s most liveable cities about to become less so?

There’s a little piece of Qingdao in most Chinese restaurants around the world. Under the romanised name of Tsingtao, those emerald bottles are usually the native beer option on the menu – a legacy of the brief German occupation of this coastal city lying halfway between Shanghai and Beijing. Now home to around 9 million people, making it 20th on China’s jostling roster of urban centres, its quirky architecture and relative lack of crowding supposedly make it one of the country’s most “liveable” cities.

Make no mistake, though, Qingdao is growing. It’s one of the biggest ports in China, and is one of the top 10 busiest in the world. Now the focus is on the construction of the Qingdao Movie Metropolis in Huangdao district: a massive film-production facility and theme park that is hoped will make the city, in the words of the giant hànzi on the overlooking hill, “Movie Metropolis of the East”.

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Somalia’s capital is buzzing: estate agents thrive and it recently hosted a TedX conference. But Mogadishu is facing a fresh challenge as drought forces half a million people to seek aid. Jason Burke visits a growing camp on the outskirts

Friday afternoon and the light is low across the waves breaking on the long shore. Behind the pocked and pitted seafront promenade, hundreds of children play football among their shattered homes. This, the ruins of the old port area of Somalia’s Mogadishu, is the war-torn city of the news stories, books and films.

Less than a 10 minute drive away down a newly rebuilt double highway, the scene is very different: hundreds of young men and women stroll along the narrow band of sand left by the high tide; they paddle, swim and drink coffee or soft drinks in cafes. An ancient stretch limousine, hired out for weddings, noses through the traffic. Rickshaw drivers shout for fares.

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From London to Paris, New York to Helsinki, poverty tends to cluster in the east. One study suggests a surprising reason why

The question is so obvious that you could easily forget to ask it: why do cities so often have a poor east side? To be clear, the mystery is not why every city has its leafy and its grubby sections – it costs money to live in nice places and to avoid nasty ones, which tends to group people into them by wealth. The mystery is why the poor groups always end up in the east.

Of course, the true picture is never neat nor simple, but by common consent a British-biased list of cities with poor eastern districts would include: London, Paris, New York, Toronto, Bristol, Manchester, Brighton and Hove, Oxford, Glasgow, Helsinki and Casablanca. No doubt there are some cities where poverty clusters in the west, but they seem harder to find; perhaps Delhi and Sydney?

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David Gaberle travelled the world for eight months in 2015 capturing street life and the way people interact in cities, from Tokyo to London, Batumi to New York

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Amid economic chaos, food shortages and widespread protest, some believe the government has ‘hit rock-bottom’ – yet key figures remain loyal to the president

The demonstration began with a group of schoolboys, who gathered – still dressed in their school uniforms – in the palm-lined square outside the town hall of the prairie town of Villa del Rosario in western Venezuela.

Related: Hugo Chávez statue torn down as death toll rises in Venezuela protests

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Ariana Grande’s manager Scooter Braun has said “our hearts are broken” following the suspected terrorist attack that took place after her concert at Manchester Arena:

We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act.

Residents of Manchester have mobilised in the hours after the attack, with offers of help for stranded and injured concertgoers flooding Twitter.

Victoria train station was closed in the wake of the incident, and was expected to remain closed throughout Tuesday, leaving many people stuck in the city centre without a way home. As many as 21,000 people – many of whom were children and teenagers – were at the concert.

Related: Manchester attack: city mobilises to help concertgoers with offers of rooms and free rides

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The next leg of Donald Trump’s first international visit saw him arrive in Israel greeted by politicians and religious leaders, but he was also met with protests. Palestinian demonstrators protested the visit, holding signs reading ‘US policy is shameful to humanity’

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Call comes as Libya Quartet meets in Brussels to discuss ways to prevent deadly Mediterranean crossings

The UN refugee agency has called on the Libyan government in Tripoli to close its refugee detention centres, describing conditions as inhumane and shocking.

The call comes as the Libya Quartet meets in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to slow the flow of refugees across the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy.

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Program would provide six weeks of paid leave after birth or adoption; no details about same-sex couples and states are ‘free to establish’ their own programs

Donald Trump’s 2018 budget will include funding for a federal program that guarantees paid family leave for new parents.

Tucked into a budget blueprint that slashes social programs is a proposal for a $25bn program that would provide six weeks of paid leave for mothers and fathers after the birth or adoption of a child.

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A young girl was dragged into the water by a sea lion at Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond, western Canada. The sea lion can be seen latching on to the girl’s dress with its teeth before forcefully pulling her into the water. The child was rescued by a bystander and, although visibly shaken, neither sustained injuries.

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Ankara asks US to ‘conduct a full investigation’ after Erdoğan’s bodyguards were shown beating demonstrators outside the Turkish embassy in Washington

Turkey has summoned the American ambassador to complain about the behaviour of US security personnel during a US visit by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan that turned violent when Erdoğan’s diplomatic escort beat up protesters outside the Turkish diplomatic mission in Washington.

Related: 'I could have died': how Erdoğan's bodyguards turned protest into brawl

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Daniel Vulliamy and Simon Martinez on their family links to the children who fled the Spanish civil war on the Habana and were evacuated to the UK

On this day 80 years ago, after German planes had bombed the north of Spain, particularly around Bilbao and Guernica, an old cruise liner, the Habana, docked at Southampton. On board were almost 4,000 refugee children from both sides of the conflict plus 230 teachers, helpers and Catholic priests. The children were accommodated for some weeks in tents, with latrines and kitchens rapidly built by local trade union branches and others, before being moved to houses all over the country, financed by churches, councils, trade unions, generous local benefactors and thousands of volunteers.

The British government was extremely reluctant to accept the refugees, preferring to adhere to a non-intervention agreement that the German and Italian fascists were clearly ignoring. The prime minister, Stanley Baldwin, thought the climate would not be to the liking of the children. The eventual agreement was that the children would only stay for a few months and that no public money could be used to support them; the tents provided by the army were actually rented to the organisers.

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US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross suggested no protesters was a sign of Saudi Arabia’s goodwill, but laws there strictly forbid any demonstrations

The US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross’s praise for the lack of protests during Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia has been criticized by civil rights activists who pointed out that protesting in Saudi Arabia is illegal.

Ross travelled with the US president to Saudi Arabia in the first stage of his first international tour since taking office. Speaking with CNBC on Monday morning, Ross said there was “no sign of” protesters and seemed to suggest this was a sign of the country’s goodwill towards the US.

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Giuseppe Dainotti, 67, was shot in the head as he cycled along a street in Palermo, in what police say is a warning that Cosa Nostra is far from beaten

A mafia boss has been gunned down while riding his bicycle in Sicily, in what appeared to have been the sort of mob killing that has become rarer in recent years as dangerous figures have been locked up.

Giuseppe Dainotti, 67, was shot in the head as he cycled along a street in Palermo, almost 25 years to the day since anti-Mafia magistrate Giovanni Falcone was killed in a bomb blast on a motorway on the Italian island.

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My friend Agnes Mumford, known as Nan, who has died aged 88, was a late entrant into the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), but epitomised in every area of her life the Quaker encouragement to “live adventurously”.

She was born in Taiwan to Agnes (nee Clewes) and Harold Mumford, who were both British-born medical missionaries. Nan came to Britain aged seven when her father found work as a doctor in the Pontefract area of West Yorkshire. She completed her education at Wakefield high school for girls and then trained as a nurse and midwife at St Mary’s hospital in London, working afterwards at Pontefract general infirmary.

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Trial consultant says prosecutors should be ‘worried about fans’ as lawyers pick jurors in Pittsburgh before trial next month in suburban Philadelphia

Thirteen years after a Temple University basketball team manager went to its alumnus Bill Cosby’s nearby home for career advice, her complaint that the TV star and comedian drugged and molested her that night will soon be a task for a Pennsylvania jury.

Lawyers this week hope to find a dozen jurors and six alternates willing to spend two weeks or more sequestered nearly 300 miles from home.

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Michel Barnier plays down suggestions talks with UK may collapse, as EU agrees position ahead of June negotiations

The European Union has agreed its Brexit negotiating stance, clearing the way for talks to begin with the British government in mid-June.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator, said he hoped to begin the first round of talks in the week of 19 June, while playing down suggestions negotiations could collapse.

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California shoots down bill to strike language barring Communist party members from government jobs as Trump’s alleged Russia ties stoke cold war sentiments

It was a scene straight out of the 1950s, but the year was 2017. Travis Allen, a Republican from southern California, took to the floor of the state assembly on 8 May to denounce communism. “To allow subversives and avowed communists to now work for the state of California,” he railed, “is a direct insult to the people of California who pay for that government.”

Allen was speaking out against a move to remove language from the California code that that bars members of the Communist party from holding government jobs in the state.

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The Gostiny Dvor shopping and exhibition centre hosts the 15th Viennese Ball charity event in Moscow, which is is reminiscent of a Tsarist era ballroom dancing that was absent from Russian life during the communist Soviet Union.

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Global Times, controlled by the Communist Party, says reports of breaking of spy ring, if true, were a ‘victory for China’

An influential state-run newspaper has applauded China’s anti-espionage efforts after the New York Times said China had killed or imprisoned up to 20 CIA sources, hobbling US spying operations in a massive intelligence breach.

The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the US Central Intelligence Agency between 2010 and 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

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Manuals on tackling terrorism, racism and abuse leaked … Trump fights extremism … ‘costume jewel’ could fetch £350,000

Good morning, Graham Russell here with the news to start the week.

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Vivid Sydney comes to Taronga zoo with 15 giant animal light sculptures, including PJ the Port Jackson Shark and the ‘Ray of Light’ floating stingray, made from donated recycled milk bottles. The sculptures represent species the zoo is committed to preserving and studying in Australia and other countries

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Flights delayed for hours in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane after failure of global passport security system forces passengers to be checked in manually

A failure of the global passport security system has caused huge delays for passengers trying to fly overseas from Australian and New Zealand airports.

International passengers at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane had to be checked in manually on Monday morning, causing flights to be delayed for hours.

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Alleged South Australian drug mule’s lawyer says she was shown pictures of her family and fiance and told ‘we will be ... killing your family or you’

The alleged Australian drug mule Cassie Sainsbury has claimed a mystery man threatened to kill her family before she was caught with 5.8kg of cocaine in a Colombian airport.

Her lawyer, Orlando Herran, told the Nine network program 60 Minutes that the 22-year-old was in financial trouble after problems with her fitness business when she answered a Craigslist ad offering a loan and trip to London.

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Queenslander Francesco Marchetti, 54, reportedly died at an altitude of 7,500m on the Tibetan side of the mountain

An Australian man has reportedly died while descending Mount Everest.

The 54-year-old, named as Queenslander Francesco Marchetti, was climbing down to some lower camps from the North Col route on Sunday morning, the Himalayan Times reported.

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The Rev Nicolas Stacey may not have filled the parish church of St Mary Magdalene to the rafters with converts during his time as rector of Woolwich (he could not anyway, as he had had the galleries converted into a coffee bar and other facilities, as your obituary notes), but he was a bit unfair on himself in declaring that his ministry there was a “failure”. He certainly did not fail to make an impact on a number of Woolwich adolescents of the early to mid-1960s, of which I was one.

The most irreverent of reverends – we took to the fact that he smoked and drank – he was often seen in the Queen Vic on the corner of Rectory Place, and was sometimes heard to swear. His team worked tirelessly in the community. If they did not exactly provide us with salvation – though many of us were drawn into church for a few years – they at least offered enjoyable and uplifting things for us to do: the coffee bar to hang out in, midnight rambles and pub outings to the Kent countryside, and fun and games mixed with serious group discussions on a Sunday evening (the Bogglers club).

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Details of death of Roland Yearwood, 50, unknown, while Ravi Kamar fell sick on his way down from summit and did not make it to nearest camp

An American climber has died near the summit of Mount Everest and an Indian climber is missing after heading down from the mountain following a successful ascent, expedition organizers said on Sunday.

Related: Renowned climber Ueli Steck dies near Mount Everest

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Israeli media reports say prime minister was angered to learn a number of ministers had planned to skip US president’s arrival

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has reportedly been forced to order his ministers to attend the airport reception for Donald Trump on Monday, after discovering that a number had planned not to attend.

According to reports in the Israeli media, an angry Netanyahu was informed on Sunday that party heads and a number of ministers planned to skip the reception after the White House had asked for the meet and greet to be shortened to the two countries’ anthems and handshakes only between Netanyahu and Trump.

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Afghan parents in desperate poverty often rely on sending children to work, but a school run on donations offers young people an alternative to a life of toil

Omid used to spend his days in traffic jams around Kabul, washing cars with a ragged cloth. At the end of the day, the seven-year-old took home the money he had earned so his father wouldn’t sell another piece of furniture from the house to buy drugs.

Haroon began working in traffic at the age of six, as an espandi, warding off evil spirits by waving a tin of coals over car bonnets so smoke wafted through drivers’ windows. On his best day of business, a woman stopped in an armoured vehicle and handed him 1,000 afghanis (£11). On most days, he earned less than 100 afghanis.

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Norwegian Refugee Council report reveals extent of the hidden crisis that forced 31 million people – one every second – to flee within their countries last year

Conflict, violence and natural disasters forced more than 31 million people to leave home and settle elsewhere within their countries last year, the equivalent of one person every second.

But while the number of people uprooted by conflict outnumbers refugees by two to one, they have been largely ignored by the international community, according to a report by the Norwegian Refugee Council’s Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

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Country has seen nearly a million incomers from South Sudan alone

Dazed and exhausted, Joyce Mori sits on the floor cradling her sleeping daughter as they wait to have their fingerprints taken. One of 1,600 refugees who have arrived at the Imvepi reception centre in the West Nile region of northern Uganda, she has finally made it out of South Sudan’s war but, like many others, is thinking about loved ones left behind.

Leaving her village of Mukaya, she travelled to the town of Yei with her four children. From there it took eight days to walk to the border, pushing her three-year-old on a bicycle while the others followed on foot.

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Colleagues praise strength and compassion of 35-year-old whose own sex trafficking ordeal persuaded her to found a charity for fellow survivors

Jennifer Kempton, a former sex slave who founded a tattoo-removal organisation to help other trafficking victims, has died of a suspected drug overdose in Ohio.

Tributes have been paid to the 35-year-old mother of four, who was described by her former boss Deborah Quinci as “a strong, brilliant woman who loved all the way and gave herself to others all the way”.

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From refugees and arms sales to human rights and aid budgets, the main Tory, Labour and Lib Dem commitments on ending poverty and inequality explained

Britain will go to the polls on 8 June with aid and development spending under unprecedented scrutiny. Two years after the UK became the first major economy to meet the UN target of devoting 0.7% of gross national income to aid, the Whitehall vultures are circling. Government departments including the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office are casting covetous glances at the £12bn aid budget, while allegations of wasteful spending on contractors and ill-conceived projects have fuelled wider criticism. How are the main parties planning to negotiate this political minefield? Outlined below are the key commitments on aid and development contained in the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos. The Scottish National Party’s manifesto will be launched on Tuesday.

Related: UK government under fire for failure to regulate aid contractors

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Mark Green, a former US ambassador to Tanzania, will need to see through huge funding cuts after receiving the presidential nod to lead USAid

Donald Trump has achieved what could be seen as a first under his presidency: choosing someone to lead a government agency who has met with bipartisan approval.

Trump has nominated Mark Green, a former congresssman and one-time US ambassador to Tanzania who has worked under both the Obama and George W Bush administrations, to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAid). In what could be one of the toughest jobs in Trump’s government, Green will have to oversee the massive funding cuts the White House is proposing to the agency, the effects of which are expected to reverberate globally.

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Wife of notorious human trafficker Medhanie Yehdego Mered says man facing trial is victim of mistaken identity, echoing fears of prosecution experts

The wife of a man believed to be the world’s most wanted people smuggler has said that her husband remains free and another man has been seized in his place.

According to Lidya Tesfu, a 24-year-old Eritrean refugee, the man facing trial in Sicily is not the notorious human trafficker Medhanie Yehdego Mered.

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When Maria da Penha Macena defended her home from developers before the Rio Olympics, she was left battered and bloodied. She believes her community was betrayed and the host city cheated

All that remains of our old community is one house, a Catholic church, and a handful of trees that we fought to protect. The rest has been completely demolished. The area where most of our homes once stood is now a large concrete car park that is usually empty and insufferably hot. It is sad. There used to be 650 families here. Today, there are 20.

Keeping even those was a hard-fought battle. We made history. We set an example as the first families to resist the Olympics. Though there are not many of us and our old homes were demolished and replaced, it was a big victory. We overcame powerful interests to defend our right to remain in our neighbourhood.

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Slavery and prostitution among horrors faced by child refugees and migrants after fivefold increase in number of lone minors crossing borders since 2010-11

A record increase in the number of refugee and migrant children travelling alone has left many exposed to sexual abuse and exploitation at the hands of traffickers and opportunists.

At least 300,000 unaccompanied and separated children were recorded in 80 countries in 2015-16, a rise of almost 500% on the 66,000 documented in 2010-2011, according to a Unicef report published on Wednesday.

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A red palm weevil infestation is decimating trees and posing a threat to the country’s date crop, a mainstay of the fragile economy

It’s an unlikely but very real crisis for a country with a teetering economy: a tiny red devil is invading Tunisia and it could cost hundreds of thousands of people their livelihoods.

Morched Garbouj, president of a Tunisian environmental group, smiled as he told the popular legend of how the red palm weevil first arrived in Tunisia. “Some people say that it was the former dictator Ben Ali’s son-in-law who brought it here. He was known for bringing in exotic animals, exotic trees, that kind of thing.” He points to the fact that the area suffering the greatest devastation is in Carthage, around the presidential palace. “Well, maybe it’s true!”

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When I heard about the car crash, I worried that it was a terrorist attack. My first thought should have been about the consequences, not the motives

When I got a news alert last week saying that a car had crashed into pedestrians in New York’s Times Square, my first thought was: “Please, say the driver’s name isn’t Muhammad.” That’s wrong. My first thought should have been about the consequences, not the motives. I should have thought “I hope no one was hurt”, but my brain has been thoroughly trained to view every atrocity as a sorting exercise: terrorism/not terrorism.

That exercise is a dangerous one. Assuming national security and counter-terrorism is one and the same thing (and equating terrorism with “radical Islamic terrorism”, as Donald Trump so often does) simply ignores the other threats that America is facing right now.

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President used Saudi speech to call on Gulf monarchs to do more to combat terror but did not make it a condition of US support

It was billed as a landmark speech on Islam, but Donald Trump’s address in Riyadh boiled down to an offer of unstinting, unquestioning support for Arab autocracies in their regional rivalry with Iran.

Trump called on the Gulf monarchs to do more to combat terrorist groups and cut off their source of funding, and that was the ostensible central theme, but US support was not made conditional on that effort.

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Nomination, announced days before Trump meets Pope Francis in Rome, marks the promotion of the wife of one of the president’s most vociferous defenders

Donald Trump announced on Friday his intent to nominate Callista Gingrich, a choir singer and film producer married to former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich, to serve as ambassador to the Holy See.

Related: Reluctant traveler Trump takes off on trip fraught with diplomatic dangers

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The president touched down in Riyadh with burgeoning scandal at home and US and foreign aides on the alert for potential controversy, pitfalls and pratfalls

No presidential overseas trip in modern history has been such a high-wire act with such a threadbare safety net as Donald Trump’s tour of the Middle East and Europe.

Related: Trump kicks off first international trip after a rollercoaster week of revelations

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As you watch the news obsessively and plan those impeachment parties, don’t forget about what’s at stake in the meantime

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I know it’s hard to think about anything outside of Trump and Russia these days, but while we’re all refreshing Twitter every two minutes, women’s rights are being rolled back across the country.

At the end of June, four health clinics in Iowa will shut down because of legislation defunding Planned Parenthood. At the same time, Texas is seeking federal funding to do the same and the DNC chair is meeting with anti-choice groups in the spirit of doing away with a litmus test on women’s rights.

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The supreme leader’s jewellery became the focus of frenzied speculation in a ballot where more than the presidency is at stake

Soon after 8am, as voting in Iran’s presidential election got under way, the country’s 78-year-old supreme leader emerged from behind a set of curtains in his heavily-guarded compound in central Tehran to cast his vote.

As he took the ballot paper, many watching the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s
moves on television looked straight to the colour of his gemstone ring for clues as to his vote.

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Though the threat is apparent, experts said the Trump administration also saw some immediate benefits as it avoids an independent investigation

Some threats to executive power may come dressed in sheep’s clothing, the late supreme court justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, but when it comes to the issue of independent counsels, “this wolf comes as a wolf”.

The threat to Donald Trump was apparent as he started his morning Thursday by complaining bitterly on Twitter about the “witch hunt” he faces in the form of the investigation of his campaign’s alleged ties to Russia, and the injustice of having special counsel appointed to oversee it.

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Military doctrine is first in world that attempts to help troops deal with issue that can inflict deep psychological wounds

It is a distressing dilemma that has played out on battlefields around the world: how is a soldier to respond when a child points a gun at them?

The Canadian military has become the first in the world to offer guidance to troops who confront child soldiers, in an attempt to help service personnel navigate an issue that can inflict deep psychological wounds.

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With populists failing to break through this year, and Warsaw’s ally, the UK, set to leave the EU, Poland may feel a little isolated

Emmanuel Macron’s election victory in France may have put “some magic in the air” in Berlin, but in Poland his triumph has poisoned the atmosphere, creating fears that his integrationist agenda will put eastern European states on the back foot.

It marks a swift change in mood. Ever since its election in Poland in 2015, the patriotic ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) has felt the political tide in Europe running with its brand of nationalist and anti-refugee opinion.

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Appointment of Robert Mueller to investigate Kremlin collusion bypasses president and demonstrates seriousness of the allegations against his circle

With the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel, the future of Donald Trump’s presidency has become significantly more precarious.

Since coming to office Trump has acted as if the post was an elected monarchy – and up to now, he has been cosseted in that illusion by a largely servile Republican party. But what differentiates the US presidency from a monarchy, even under these conditions, are the permanent institutions, made up of civil servants, prosecutors and lawyers. Trump derided them as “the swamp”, in which everyone was for sale. Now “the swamp” has struck back.

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Donald Trump took Ivanka, Melania and Steve Bannon to Saudi Arabia for his first overseas engagement as US president. But what was really going on behind the scenes?

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Melania Trump appears to bat away her husband’s hand as they greet members of the Israeli government during a visit to Tel Aviv. The presidential couple visited Saudi Arabia in Donald Trump’s first foreign trip since taking office, before heading to Israel on Monday

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The US president, Donald Trump, and the first lady, Melania Trump, arrive in Tel Aviv on Monday and are greeted by Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu. Upon arrival the Israeli prime minister admitted there was a lot of protocol that he didn’t understand. Later on Sara Netanyahu told Melania Trump that the two couples shared common ground over the media’s negative coverage

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Graduating students from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana walk out of the ceremony during the commencement address by the US vice-president Mike Pence. As the former Indiana governor begins to speak, about a dozen graduates and their families silently stand up and leave.

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Donald Trump calls on leaders of Arab and Muslim-majority countries to take the lead in combating terrorists. Speaking in Riyadh on Sunday, the US president says the fight against extremism is not one between different faiths, but is ‘a battle between good and evil’

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Donald Trump briefly joins in a traditional male-only sword dance before a state dinner in his honour in Riyadh on Saturday

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