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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:58:06 GMT
Trump blames Putin personally for election meddling in latest reversal

After clashing statements on who was responsible, president claims he told Russian leader: ‘We can’t have this’

Donald Trump now says he holds the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, personally responsible for his country’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, further walking back a statement on Monday that drew bipartisan rebukes.

In an interview set to be broadcast Wednesday evening, the US president told Jeff Glor of CBS News that he holds Putin responsible “because he’s in charge of the country, just like I consider myself to be responsible for things that happen in this country”.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:52:18 GMT
Maria Butina: accused spy was in contact with Russian intelligence, prosecutors say

The 29-year-old also entered into a sham relationship with an American political operative to help her activities, according to a new court filing

The Russian woman charged with spying in the US was in contact with suspected Russian intelligence officers and a billionaire oligarch linked to the Kremlin, US authorities said on Wednesday.

Prosecutors said Maria Butina had contact details for “individuals identified as employees of the Russian FSB”, and that investigators found a handwritten note that asked: “How to respond to FSB offer of employment?”

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:09:33 GMT
Thai cave footballers and coach describe 'miracle' rescue

Twelve players and coach speak in first press conference since being rescued last week

It was the moment the world had been waiting for. Fresh out of hospital, the 12 members of the Wild Boars football team and their coach were happy and composed as they stood in front of the international media, just over a week after their dramatic rescue from a cave in northern Thailand caused global euphoria.

The faces of the boys, whose ages range between 11 and 16, showed little trace of their ordeal, in which they were trapped for more than two weeks in a cave with no food and no means of contacting the outside world. It took an international team of divers and experts to eventually find and rescue them , a feat described by one of the boys as a “miracle”.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:37:41 GMT
Zuckerberg defends Facebook users' right to be wrong – even Holocaust deniers

CEO explains decision not to censor conspiracy theories but says the platform will try to ‘reduce distribution of content’

Mark Zuckerberg defended the rights of Facebook users to publish Holocaust denial posts, saying he didn’t “think that they’re intentionally getting it wrong”.

In an interview with Recode published on Wednesday, the CEO also explained Facebook’s decision to allow the far-right conspiracy theory website Infowars to continue using the platform, saying the social network would try to “reduce the distribution of that content”, but would not censor the page.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:10:35 GMT
Turkey's state of emergency ends but crackdown continues

Laws enacted after 2016 coup attempt are lifted but ‘climate of fear’ remains, say critics

Turkey’s two-year state of emergency came to an end at midnight on Wednesday, but as trials of dissidents and journalists continue human rights campaigners have said Ankara must do more to reverse a “suffocating” crackdown on free speech.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:32:19 GMT
Rio police poised to arrest plastic surgeon 'Dr Bumbum'

Doctor, whose real name is Denis Furtado, is a suspect in the death of a female patient

Police in Rio de Janeiro said they were close to arresting a celebrity plastic surgeon known as “Dr Bumbum” or “Dr Butt”, after the death of a patient who underwent a buttock procedure in his apartment.

Arrest warrants for homicide were issued for Denis Furtado and his mother, Maria Barros, after the death of Lilian Calixto, 46, a bank employee from Cuiab

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:38:51 GMT
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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:38:14 GMT
Trump administration hit with lawsuits over inhumane treatment of migrant detainees

Latest suit alleges conditions in facilities included unsanitary drinking water, spoiled food and inadequate chances to bathe

The Trump administration is increasingly being challenged on its hardline immigration stance by lawsuits alleging inhumane and illegal treatment of migrants held in detention facilities.

Among the latest suits was one filed in a California district court on Monday by the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law on behalf of more than 200 detainees.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:35:55 GMT
Summit critics have Trump derangement syndrome – says Trump

US president hits out at comments about his relationship with Putin

Donald Trump has accused critics of “Trump derangement syndrome” as the fallout from his summit with Vladimir Putin showed no sign of abating.

The US president might be regretting his partial climbdown on his drawing a moral equivalence between the Kremlin and American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, which triggered accusations of treason.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:45:23 GMT
Spain to introduce ‘yes means yes’ sexual consent law

Move follows outrage over release of la manada gang who assaulted woman in Pamplona

Spain’s socialist government is to introduce a law on consent aimed at removing ambiguity in rape cases.

Under the law, consent would have to be explicit. It states that “yes means yes” and anything else, including silence, means no. Sex without explicit consent would therefore be considered rape.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 15:16:24 GMT
Protests spread through cities in Iraq's oil-rich Shia south

Several killed and hundreds hurt as unrest enters second week, upping pressure on PM

Widespread unrest sweeping across the oil-rich Shia heartland of southern Iraq has continued for a second week, as protesters defied riot police to vent their anger over electricity cuts, poor services and unemployment amid post-election uncertainty.

Demonstrations that began last week in Basra, the biggest city in the south and the country’s main oil hub, have spread to other cities including Amrah, Nasiriyah, Samawa, and the Shia holy cities of Najaf and Karbala.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:30:27 GMT
Wildfires rage in Arctic Circle as Sweden calls for help

Sweden worst hit as hot, dry summer sparks unusual number of fires, with at least 11 in the far north

At least 11 wildfires are raging inside the Arctic Circle as the hot, dry summer turns an abnormally wide area of Europe into a tinderbox.

The worst affected country, Sweden, has called for emergency assistance from its partners in the European Union to help fight the blazes, which have broken out across a wide range of its territory and prompted the evacuations of four communities.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:52:32 GMT
Champagne and roses on first Ethiopia-Eritrea flight in two decades

First commercial flight since peace deal takes off from Addis Ababa heading for Asmara

The passengers fastened their seatbelts and settled in for the 80-minute morning flight. Ethiopian Airlines ET0312 took off, much as hundreds of other planes making short-haul hops between neighbouring capitals do.

But this was no ordinary commercial flight: it was Ethiopian Airlines’ first in two decades to Asmara, the capital of Eritrea. In celebratation, according to journalists on board, champagne was served along with red roses. When the plane touched down, it was greeted with cheering and song.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:00:29 GMT
UNAids chief refuses to quit over handling of sexual misconduct claims

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:15:27 GMT
Inside the Beijing 'office' inhabited by human guinea pigs

In the fake offices and homes of the Well Living Lab, scientists monitor volunteers to identify ways to make them healthier and more productive

To outsiders, the workers in this under-construction office on the northern outskirts of Beijing will look like a normal group of employees – but the workplace will be like no other in China.

Every movement of the volunteers, students and interns working there will be monitored, measured, analysed and assessed. A team of scientists will be watching these human guinea pigs in a simulated real-life environment with sensors, microphones and wearable technology to monitor their physical, mental and emotional responses to the environment or building design.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:15:01 GMT
Residents in tourism hotspots have had enough. So what's the answer?

Tourism brings money and jobs to cities – but can also damage residents’ day-to-day lives, culture and heritage. Here are some solutions

How do you solve a problem like tourism? It employs hundreds of millions of people, buoys entire industries – but can tear apart the very cities that benefit from it, alienating residents and causing irreversible damage to their culture and heritage.

Protests across Europe have spurred talk of “responsible tourism” and forcing the sector to factor in sustainability, but the problem is already at such a scale that doing anything about it seems akin to turning around a cruise liner.

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Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:15:29 GMT
War-torn Sarajevo’s camera kids, then and now – a photo essay

In 1997 photographer Chris Leslie taught basic camera techniques at Sarajevo’s Bjelave orphanage and sent the children off to capture their city. This year he returned to see how their lives had unfolded

The children confined to Bjelave orphanage had suffered terribly – both because of the war, and from neglect and abuse. One journalist described the institution as “the worst place in Sarajevo apart from the morgue”.

It is more than 20 years since I first arrived in Sarajevo in late summer 1996. The destruction in the city was jaw-dropping: rows and rows of broken, bombed-out high-rise flats, shell craters and explosion indents everywhere; libraries, offices, factories all in ruins. This was city-wide destruction – a late-20th-century Dresden or Stalingrad.

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Fri, 13 Jul 2018 09:00:06 GMT
Inside Wakaliwood: Kampala's action movie studio

In the Wakaliga slum, the Ramon film studio has put Uganda on the cinematic map by shooting $200 action comedies packed with car chases, helicopter raids, kung fu, zombies and collective spirit. Photographer Fr

Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:42:24 GMT
'Nothing short of treason': US voters on the Trump-Putin summit

A range of views about the US president’s meeting with the Russian leader

We asked US voters to tell us how they viewed Monday’s meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Hundreds got in touch to share their views.

Many voiced their concerns about Trump’s undermining of the FBI and the US intelligence services, which he later retracted. Others reacted more positively to the meeting and felt that improving relations with Russia would help global stability. Here are a range of your views.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 23:01:28 GMT
Brexit will trigger rise in hate crimes, warns police watchdog

Government pledge to support hate crime victims has been mostly ignored, report finds

The police watchdog has warned of a “real possibility” that Britain’s exit from the European Union next year will trigger a spike in hate crimes, as a victims’ group warned of a return to a climate of hostility such as that seen in the 1990s.

The report from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services found large-scale failings in the way hate crimes were dealt with, despite the issue supposedly being a priority.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 18:09:47 GMT
Boris Johnson's fans wanted a roaring lion. They got a paper tiger | John Crace

The former foreign secretary’s farewell speech was typical: long on bombast, but short on content

His departure became his time in office. Long on bombast, short on content. Long on grandiosity, short on self-awareness. In public and in private, Boris Johnson is a disappointment. Not least to himself. Cut through the fragile narcissism and there is a ball of self-loathing and insecurity. No one understands his own failure better than him. A man of little courage and fewer principles. The lion that keeps forgetting to roar.

Never one to pass up an opportunity to manoeuvre himself into the history books, Boris had chosen almost the identical seat in the Commons to make his resignation speech as Geoffrey Howe had taken for his in 1990. There the comparisons ended.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:10:48 GMT
Debate continues over Labour’s code on antisemitism | Letters
Readers offer their views on both sides of the argument over the party’s adoption of the IHRA definition, but not all its illustrative examples

Many contributors to the antisemitism debate around the Labour party seem to be creating more confusion than clarity (Labour accused of breaking law with antisemitism code, 16 July). In fact the party’s document endorses and also seeks to elaborate the widely disseminated International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s “working definition” of antisemitism. Thus, for example, the IHRA document includes the statement that “criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic”. The party’s document usefully contextualises this statement and others by recognising the nuances, discussing the particular sensitivities involved and urging that discussions about Israeli government policies avoid any antisemitic implications.

Labour’s document omits some of the IHRA examples, such as the statement that it would be antisemitic to deny that “the Jewish people their right to self-determination, eg by claiming that the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavour”. However, it is clear about the Jewish peoples’ right to self determination. It adds that this “does not, of course, preclude considered debate and discourse about the nature or content of the right of peoples to self-determination”, which seems a more useful elaboration than that adopted by the IHRA which links self-determination to actual policies of the Israeli government. Similarly, Labour’s document omits the IHRA example of “Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis”: this could be a debatable criticism of the Israeli government’s policies, but does not necessarily have an antisemitic intent.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 16:12:22 GMT
'I did it for freedom' – Nelson Mandela's quiet comrade

Robben Island survivor Andrew Mlangeni, 93, in London for tribute event, remains an ANC stalwart

Drawing on his second cigarette within half an hour, Andrew Mlangeni recalls how tobacco was hard to obtain in prison on Robben Island.

“I try to stop, but it takes willpower,” the 93-year-old said.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:10:12 GMT
What future for Britain as the EU strikes a trade deal with Japan? | Letters
Alex Orr and Anne Loveday say the UK will leg behind, while John Mills says US negotiators will hold the whip hand

As the Brexit divisions are laid bare in the House of Commons, with the Conservative party split apart, there was more than a little irony that the EU and Japan signed a huge trade deal this week that cuts or eliminates tariffs on nearly all goods (Report, 18 July).

The agreement covers 600 million people and almost a third of the global economy. It will remove tariffs on European exports such as cheese and wine, and Japanese carmakers and electronics firms will face fewer barriers in the EU.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 20:59:06 GMT
Morning mail: Thai boys speak, One Nation rapist, Johnson's Brexit attack

Thursday: The 12 boys rescued from a Thai cave have given their first media conference. Plus: Boris Johnson savages May’s Brexit vision

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Thursday 19 July.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:24:46 GMT
Libya migrant centres near breaking point after spike in arrivals

Coastguard crackdown leaves thousands in overcrowded facilities, with many more at mercy of smugglers and militia

The number of migrants in Libya’s overcrowded detention centres has almost doubled over the past three months, according to the UN’s migration agency.

Amid a crackdown on Mediterranean crossings by the Italy and EU-backed Libyan coastguard, the number of people being held has swollen from 5,000 to 9,300, with thousands more at the mercy of smugglers in charge of unofficial detention facilities, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:00:27 GMT
'Death by dowry' claim by bereaved Indian family | Amrit Dhillon

Reported suicide is alleged to be part of alarming trend that sees 20 women die every day as a result of harassment over a dowry – either murdered, or compelled to take their own lives

Before leaving Delhi for a work trip earlier this year, a man paid a visit to his local police station. He was so afraid his daughter’s life was in danger that he wrote a letter, which he left with the police. In it, he accused his son-in-law and his relatives of abusing and tormenting her over their demands for dowry.

If anything happens, he wrote, then this family are responsible.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 05:00:26 GMT
Resistance 101: the video game going to war on malaria – podcast

To fight this disease you need creativity, says Marlize Coleman, whose innovation teaches health workers the best way to zap mosquitoes

It was a stint in a rural area of her native South Africa that ignited Marlize Coleman’s passion for defeating malaria. Since then her career in public health has taken her all over the world, collaborating with experts in other countries to find and fund insecticides that work on resistant mosquitoes. Now based at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, she has developed a game that asks students and health workers to choose between insecticides to find the one that kills the villain.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:57:46 GMT
Zika and health cuts blamed for rise in baby death rates in Brazil

Increase is a blow for country once lauded for improvements in child health, as figures worsen for first time since 1990

The number of children dying in their first year of life has risen in Brazil for the first time since 1990.

It’s a worrying setback for a country once seen as a model of poverty reduction.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:00:00 GMT
Diana's landmine legacy helps reclaim swaths of Angola – in pictures

21 years on, the Angolan province Diana visited is within months of being declared clear of unexploded ordnance. Yet the country’s dream of being mine-free by 2025 is still far off

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:00:24 GMT
Organ donation: we can break taboos among British BAME communities

Successes in the US, Israel and Qatar prove that religious and cultural hurdles highlighted in a new report can be overcome

“You need to start looking for a kidney donor right away. Start with social media and go all out.”

The tone and urgency of her doctor’s advice had left Ashley De La Mode somewhat perplexed. With just 5% kidney function remaining, the 38-year old makeup artist and single parent from London knew she needed an organ transplant sooner rather than later.

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 14:48:21 GMT
Will Republicans punish Trump for his performance with Putin?

President’s comments on election meddling called ‘disgraceful’ but most in his party are reluctant to enter open conflict

Air Force One departed Helsinki on Monday after a head-spinning week in which the US president attacked the postwar international order and sided with the Russian president Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies about whether Moscow meddled in the US elections. The question that now looms before Republican lawmakers: how will they respond?

Related: Trump 'treasonous' after siding with Putin on election meddling

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:36:49 GMT
Helsinki summit: what did Trump and Putin agree?

Off-the-cuff diplomacy made it difficult to work out what was agreed but some details have emerged in wake of meetings

No communique was issued following the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, underlining the off-the-cuff informal diplomacy in which Donald Trump specialises. The absence of an agreed statement leaves secret the status and extent of any practical agreements reached either between the US president and his Russian counterpart or in the later wider meeting between officials.

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Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:48:38 GMT
The Trump-Putin statesman show soon turns knockabout

The leaders’ diplomatic veneer quickly wore off at an at times farcical press conference

At Monday’s summit in Helsinki, two leaders not known for their love of diplomacy both tried out an act as elder statesmen, trading lofty phrases about shared interests and respect that could turn around the troubled relations between Russia and the United States.

The shtick lasted about a half hour before Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin’s political instincts took over and their first official summit press conference descended into farce.

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:14:07 GMT
Donald Trump says his father was born in Germany (he wasn’t) – video explainer

The US president often tries to soften his criticism of Germany by stating that his father was born there. This is not true. Fred Trump was born in New York. Trump’s grandfather Friedrich Trump was German. The mistake is reminiscent of Trump’s questioning of Barack Obama’s place of birth

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:41:01 GMT
Rescued Thai boys kick footballs at beginning of press conference – video

Young members of the football team who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand arrive carrying footballs as they attend their first press conference. They appeared in football shirts alongside members of the Navy Seals who saved them. 

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:51:53 GMT
Lights go out on Trump during Russia statement: 'Must be the intelligence agencies!' – video

The US president is plunged into darkness as he makes a statement to the press in which he back-pedals on the Russian meddling remarks he made at a press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Trump started to say that he has full faith in the US  intelligence agencies when the the lights in the Cabinet Room briefly went out. He joked: 'Oops, they just turned off the light. That must be the intelligence agencies.' 

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:01:15 GMT
Trump talks falsely about this father's native country – video

Donald Trump says 'don't forget both my parents were born in EU sectors' - his mother in Scotland and his father in Germany. This is untrue. The US president's father, Fred, was born in New York City and it was his grandfather, Friedrich Trump, who was born in Germany, in the village of Kallstadt; he left for America at 16 

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 01:27:18 GMT
Trump backflips on Russia interference – video

A day after Donald Trump met with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, he has sought to reverse comments he made during the leaders' joint press conference. Citing the transcript of his remarks, Trump said his assertion that he did not see 'any reason why it would be Russia' behind election inference should have been: 'I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.'

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 20:18:19 GMT
Maria Butina, accused Russian spy, poses with politicians and questions Trump - video

Maria Butina, who has been charged with spying, met American politicians and candidates to establish 'back channels' and secretly reported back to the Kremlin through a high-level Russian official, according to the US justice department.

Said to be a pro-gun activist, Butina has photographs with influential Republican politicians as well as the head of the NRA

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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:36:25 GMT
Life in the shadow of Guatemala's Volcano of Fire - video

On 3 June, the Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupted, killing at least 113 people and leaving 332 missing. Thousands of victims have been displaced and are still living in temporary shelters. Questions are being asked about what the government's disaster prevention agency is doing to help victims. The Guardian journalist Iman Amrani found out how people were coping, and what lessons need to be learned from the disaster

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