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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:32:07 GMT
Trump and Kim Jong-un to meet again at second nuclear summit

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will hold a second summit near the end of next month, the White House has announced, after the president held an Oval Office meeting with a North Korean emissary.

Related: Kim Yong-chol: the ultimate North Korean regime insider

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:00:26 GMT
Revealed: UK patients stockpile drugs in fear of no-deal Brexit

Doctors call for more transparency amid fears of shortages, especially of insulin

Ministers have been urged by top doctors to reveal the extent of national drug stocks, amid growing evidence patients are stockpiling medication in preparation for a no-deal Brexit.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), which represents tens of thousands of doctors, urged the government to be more “transparent about national stockpiles, particularly for things that are already in short supply or need refrigeration, such as insulin”.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:31:47 GMT
Cautious consumers feel the pinch as Chinese economy slows

Deserted high streets show that after decades of breakneck growth, the world’s second largest economy is faltering

Few people are shopping at the Beijing Yintai Centre, a high-end mall in the Chinese capital’s central business district. Store clerks say foot traffic has been low, even when holiday discounts were offered. Office workers walk past empty shops like Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana and Cartier, eating fruit they have brought for lunch.

Li Xin, 33, who works for a security company nearby, likes to check out the selection of handbags. Her favourites are Chanel and Tom Ford. But recently, she has decided to cut back. “This year I didn’t buy any new bags, because everyone has been saying: ‘Winter is coming’,” she said.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:56:18 GMT
Antarctic expedition yields remains of tiny, ancient 'water bears'

Scientists surprised by haul of crustaceans and tardigrades in undisturbed subglacial lake

Scientists have found the remains of tiny, ancient animals in an Antarctic lake that has lain undisturbed for thousands of years beneath a kilometre-thick slab of ice.

The surprise haul of dead crustaceans and tardigrades, also known as “water bears” or “moss piglets”, was made by US researchers on a rare mission to drill into the Mercer subglacial lake which lies nearly 400 miles from the south pole.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:27:36 GMT
Zimbabwean activists on run as protests crackdown raises spectre of Mugabe era

Security forces arrest hundreds since ‘stay-at-home’ protest called by unions

Hundreds of activists remain in hiding in Zimbabwe, on the fifth day of the worst government crackdown since the ousting of Robert Mugabe.

Soldiers and unidentified armed men conducted door-to-door searches in poor areas of cities on Friday, dragging “random” residents out of homes to be beaten and often detained, activists said. The Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights said it had treated 68 cases of gunshot wounds and 100-plus other cases of “assaults with sharp objects, booted feet, baton sticks” and more in recent days.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:49:14 GMT
Democrats vow to investigate report Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress

Mueller’s investigators learned Trump told his former fixer to lie to Congress about Trump Tower Moscow project, BuzzFeed reports

Democrats have vowed to investigate a report that Donald Trump personally directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about an effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, which could leave the president open to accusations of suborning perjury and obstruction of justice.

Related: Michael Cohen to testify publicly before Congress in February

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:07:54 GMT
France in shock at gang-rape trial of police from famous BRI unit

Court hears how Canadian woman was allegedly raped by terrorism officers at 36 Quai des OrfĂšves

Emily Spanton grew up with police officers – her father had been a high-ranking officer in the Toronto force – so when two French officers she met while drinking in a Paris bar invited her to see their famous headquarters, she agreed.

Spanton was, she says, drunk and shaky on her feet. “I knew I wasn’t in a state to find my hotel. And I thought that going to a police station would sober me up as there would be plenty of lights and people,” the Canadian said.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:02:59 GMT
Sweden gets new government four months after election

Stefan Löfven given second term in office at head of centre-left minority administration

Sweden’s parliament has voted to give the Social Democrat leader, Stefan Löfven, a second term in office at the head of a new centre-left minority government, ending more than four months of deadlock following an inconclusive election.

The caretaker prime minister will take office on Monday, governing in a coalition with the Green party and with the parliamentary backing of the Centre and Liberal parties, formerly members of the four-party centre-right opposition Alliance.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:44:18 GMT
Diane Abbott accuses BBC Question Time of legitimising racism

Labour MP’s spokesperson claims she was mocked and interrupted more than other panellists

Diane Abbott has accused BBC Question Time of legitimising racist abuse after claims that the shadow home secretary was singled out before and during Thursday night’s episode of the political discussion programme.

The Labour politician claimed she had been unfairly mocked in the warm-up and had been interrupted more often than other panellists by Fiona Bruce, the programme’s new chair.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:35:37 GMT
Man sets himself on fire in Prague as Czechs mark 1968 protest

Incident in city centre 50 years after suicide of Jan Palach in protest at Soviet invasion

A man seriously injured himself by setting himself on fire in a central Prague square as Czechs marked the 50th anniversary of a student’s self-immolation in protest at the Soviet invasion that crushed the Prague spring.

The unidentified man was taken to hospital after bystanders doused the flames that enveloped him in the same spot at the top of historic Wenceslas Square where Jan Palach burned himself to death in January 1969.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:19:01 GMT
Climate change threat to Germans’ need for speed on Autobahn

Draft environmental measures include proposal to impose motorway speed limit

The days of unlimited speeding on Germany’s famously fast Autobahn network could be over if the government adopts draft proposals on climate protection put forward by its committee on the future of transport.

Charged with devising recommendations on reducing the environmental harm caused by transport, the committee also proposed fuel tax hikes and electric vehicle quotas to help Germany finally meet European Union emissions targets.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:25:11 GMT
‘An egregious offence’: Canada battles Norway for tallest moose statue

After Norway’s Storelgen stole Mac the Moose’s place as world’s tallest, a Canadian city hopes to ‘stick it to Oslo’ by increasing their statue’s size

For three decades, the Canadian city of Moose Jaw took pride in its status as the home of the world’s largest moose statue.

Standing at a majestic 10 meters tall, Mac the Moose has weathered brutal winters, graffiti and even the inglorious loss of his jaw. His recognition was so great that in 2013, he was named the city’s most popular celebrity.

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Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:00:19 GMT
Bling and beauty: Dakar's fashion comes of age – photo essay

Photojournalist Finbarr O’Reilly has been covering Dakar fashion week for over a decade. He charts the city’s burgeoning style scene

Alongside its golden beaches, glitzy nightclubs and vibrant music scene, Senegal’s capital, Dakar, is emerging as a key African fashion hub.

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Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:30:14 GMT
'A three-generation project': riverside development divides Indian city

The next 15 megacities #6: New facilities by the Sabarmati will provide Ahmedabad with much-needed public space, but at what cost?

As the sun dips below the horizon, young lovers make themselves more comfortable on benches overlooking the Sabarmati river. Walkers stroll along the concrete promenades, and mothers enjoy a moment of respite under newly planted saplings while their children play in the adjoining gardens.

Few Ahmedabad residents could have imagined this scene a couple of decades ago. Back then the Gujarati city’s tidal river banks were lined with slum housing – precariously constructed on land polluted by industrial effluent and untreated sewage, and home to some of the most marginalised communities in the city.

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Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:30:09 GMT
China's Muslims fear crackdown in ancient city of Xi'an

The next 15 megacities #5: Tourist flock to the Xi’an’s ancient Muslim area – but reports from elsewhere in China of crackdowns and re-education camps are setting nerves on edge

The streets of Xi’an’s Muslim quarter are bustling. Tourists from all over China and the rest of the world throng the small stalls and restaurants for delicacies such as yangrou paomo lamb stew, roujiamo lamb burgers, persimmon cakes and “smoked ice-cream” – a bowl of puffed cereal dipped in liquid nitrogen.

There has been a Muslim community in the capital of Shaanxi Province – at the eastern end of the old Silk Road in central China – since the seventh century. During the Tang dynasty, when the city was called Chang’an, travelling Muslim merchants and some soldiers from central and west Asia made it their home. Many married Chinese Han women, and their offspring became known as Hui, now one of China’s 56 ethnic groups.

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