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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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18-month-old girl whose mother survived 2009 L’Aquila quake is among victims as towns including Amatrice are razed

• Italy earthquake – live updates

The death toll from the devastating pre-dawn earthquake that struck central Italy has risen to 247, after rescue teams using sniffer dogs, bulldozers and their bare hands worked through the night in a desperate search for survivors.

At least 368 more people were injured, the national civil protection agency said in Rome, and an unknown number remained trapped in the rubble of collapsed and damaged buildings in the cluster of ancient hilltop towns and villages, some almost entirely razed by the 6.2-magnitude quake.

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Hundreds protested ‘campus carry’ law that permits licensed gun owners aged 21 and older to carry concealed handguns in most places at public colleges

It was a typical scene at the start of the new school year – student groups setting out tables and trying to sign up recruits for sororities, clubs and religious organisations. Until the end of the row, that is, where hundreds of people had gathered to pick up free dildos.

Wednesday’s Cocks Not Glocks protest against Texas’s “campus carry” law was held on the first day of classes at the University of Texas at Austin, which has spearheaded resistance to the new rule from students and faculty members at colleges in the state.

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Pictures of woman removing long-sleeved top surrounded by police cause outrage as France’s top court prepares to review bans

The political row in France over mayors banning the burkini has intensified after a woman in a headscarf was photographed on a beach in Nice removing a long-sleeved top while surrounded by armed police.

Related: French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban

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After 52 years of war, government and guerrillas present disarmament and justice plan that Colombian voters will be asked to ratify in a plebiscite

Colombia’s government has secured a groundbreaking peace deal with leftist Farc rebels – promising to end a war that wracked the country for more than half a century, killing tens of thousands and displacing millions.

The Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, announced on Wednesday that a national plebiscite would take place on 2 October for voters to either accept or reject the accord.

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Czech hiker tells police she stayed in a remote cabin after partner fell to his death on Routeburn track in the South Island

A Czech woman found alive in a remote mountain cabin in New Zealand has told police she spent a month there alone after her partner fell and died on a hiking trail.

The woman was found on Wednesday at a warden’s hut on the famous Routeburn track, which winds through a spectacular gorge in the mountains of Fiordland national park in the South Island.

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Company is looking to become first to carry out regular deliveries by drone from late 2016 after conducting trial run in Auckland

Domino’s Pizza is planning to become the world’s first company to offer a commercial drone delivery service after conducting a trial run in New Zealand.

The pizzamaker carried out a demonstration delivery by drone in Auckland on Thursday, and afterwards said it aimed to launch a regular service in late 2016.

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Former Ukip leader and leading figure of leave campaign is not expected to endorse Republican nominee but will tell Mississippi voters ‘the Brexit story’

Nigel Farage, the anti-EU British politician and former Ukip leader, will appear with Donald Trump at a rally on Wednesday, a week after the US presidential candidate branded himself “Mr Brexit” and tapped one of the leading American supporters of Brexit to run his campaign.

The Trump campaign confirmed that Farage would appear with Trump at an evening rally in Jackson, Mississippi, to tell US voters “the Brexit story” of how he triumphed over the electoral odds. Farage will not endorse Trump.

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Study shows drop from 75 to 69 in Syrian men between 2010 and 2013, and falls in other countries affected by Arab spring

Life expectancy in Syria fell by six years in the first three years of the civil war, according to a study showing that the health of populations in many countries that experienced uprisings or conflict during the Arab spring has suffered serious effects.

Between 2010 and 2013, average life expectancy dropped by approximately three months in Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt, according to research published in the Lancet global health journal. Libya experienced a steep drop in life expectancy after the 2011 uprising that deposed Muammar Gaddafi, but it rose after the initial conflict ended.

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Palestine presses for war crime charges against Israel at International Criminal Court as army closes seven investigations into incidents in 2014 without charges

The Israeli military has cleared its forces of wrongdoing in a string of deadly incidents that took place during the 2014 Gaza war – including an airstrike that killed 15 members of a single family and the bombing of a United Nations school.

Israel’s investigative process is at the heart of a Palestinian case to press for war crimes charges against Israel at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. The Palestinians say that Israel has a poor record of prosecuting wrongdoing in its ranks.

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International team accuses Assad government of using chlorine gas in two incidents, and Isis fighters of using mustard gas

An international team has concluded that the Assad regime and Islamic State militants carried out chemical attacks in Syria during 2014 and 2015.

The team from the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) accused the Syrian government of using chlorine gas in two attacks and Isis fighters of using mustard gas in one.

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The rock superstar’s fans will get the chance to tour the 65,000-square-foot complex in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen where he died

Paisley Park, the private estate and studio complex of the late rock superstar Prince, will open for daily public tours starting 6 October, the trust company overseeing his estate announced Wednesday . The company that runs Elvis Presley’s Graceland will manage it.

Related: Prince estate case to be held behind closed doors as media denied access

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Research predicts African children will account for 43% of global poverty by 2030, although absolute number of poor will fall

African children will make up nearly half the world’s poorest people by 2030 if nothing is done to reverse existing trends, according to a report.

Despite economic growth, one in five children will live in poverty because of high fertility rates, inequality and deep-seated privation, according to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI).

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The 52-year-old is the latest female actor to speak out about the pressure on older women to keep their youthful looks

Courteney Cox, the former Friends star, has said she is reconciled to looking older and regrets some procedures she had in the past to keep the wrinkles at bay.

Cox, 52, spoke out during an expedition with outdoor adventurer Bear Grylls in the Irish highlands, in which the pair abseiled down cliffs and shared maggots found in a rotting sheep.

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South Korea said procedure represented technical progress in programme, while Kim says North has ‘joined front rank’ of nuclear military powers

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un supervised a test-fire of a submarine-launched ballistic missile and declared it “the greatest success” that put the country in the “front rank” of nuclear military powers, official media has reported.

Related: Japan condemns North Korea's submarine missile launch as 'unforgivable'

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The UN secretary-general said ‘this may be our last chance to find the truth’ behind 1961 death of his predecessor as UK insists it has no further information

The UN secretary-general has called for the appointment of “eminent person or persons” to pursue an investigation into the death of his predecessor, Dag Hammarskjöld in a mysterious 1961 air crash in central Africa.

Declaring “this may be our last chance to find the truth” Ban Ki-moon sent a note to the general assembly, saying there were enough unanswered questions arising from the crash to warrant further investigation and that the responses of the UK, US and Belgium (the major powers in the region at the time) to a UN request for archive material “do not appear to alter” that conclusion.

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USS Nitze shot warning flares and whistles at four Iranian vessels before having to change course in ‘unsafe and unprofessional’ encounter, US official says

Four Iranian military vessels sped close to a US navy guided missile destroyer with their weapons uncovered in the Strait of Hormuz in an “unsafe and unprofessional” encounter, according to a US defense official.

The USS Nitze shot warning flares, sounded its whistles and attempted unsuccessfully to communicate with the Iranian boats during Tuesday’s incident, the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

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Comedian’s site taken down after hackers took it over and posted photos of her license and passport, along with nude images allegedly from her iCloud account

Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones, who has faced widespread online abuse, appears to be the victim of a website hack with explicit images and her personal information posted online.

The standup comedian’s site JustLeslie.com was taken down on Wednesday after hackers reportedly took it over and published photos of her driver’s license and a passport, along with nude images that allegedly originated from her iCloud account.

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Shane Smith tells Edinburgh TV festival that broadcasters’ obsession with ratings is behind his website’s growth

Mainstream media companies have opened the door for digital upstarts because their obsession with ratings led them to fail their audiences by colluding with controversial politicians, according to the billionaire journalist behind the Vice website.

Related: Top Gear cast change due to 'perfect storm', says former producer

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Despite extensive £28,000 dig, treasure hunters find no trace of train said to have been hidden by Germans at Wałbrzych

Attempts to find a “Nazi gold train” in Poland appear to have been dashed after treasure hunters admitted that they had found “no train, no tunnel” following extensive digging.

The possibility of riches, based on a legend that a train laden with gold and valuables was hidden by Germans in a secret tunnel, as the Soviet army advanced towards them in 1945, has drawn explorers from across Europe to Wałbrzych, a city in south-west Poland.

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US Geological Survey reports powerful quake in north-central Myanmar, damaging temples in the ancient city of Bagan

A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake has hit central Myanmar, the US Geological Survey has said, severely damaging ancient temples at the old city of Bagan and killing one person.

The site, which is often compared to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, holds more than 2,500 temples and pagodas, some of them centuries old.

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Microsoft’s Anniversary update causes ‘blue screen of death’ and forced reboot when e-readers are connected, users report

Dozens of Microsoft Windows 10 users are reporting that their computers crash when plugging in Amazon Kindles.

The issue appears to be caused by the recent Windows 10 Anniversary update. Users of Amazon’s Paperwhite and Voyage attempting to either transfer books or charge their devices via USB are seeing their various Windows 10 laptops and desktops locking up and requiring rebooting.

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The number of Romanians killed in the earthquake has risen to five, according to AP citing Romania’s foreign ministry. A further 11 Romanians are missing it said.

Relatives are still hoping family members might be alive beneath the rubble, writes Oscar Lopez in Amatrice.

Lea D’Angela, 52, was standing near a group of rescuers asking about her mother. “If she is alive we will find her,” a police officer said. “But right now, there is nothing you can do here.”

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Donald Trump supporters discuss Nigel Farage after the former UKIP leader appeared alongside the Republican presidential nominee at a rally on Wednesday. In footage filmed by BBC News, one man praised Farage for standing up for the United Kingdom, while others drew parallels between the successful Brexit campaign and Donald Trump’s bid for the White House

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Rescue workers use sniffer dogs and bulldozers as the search for survivors of an earthquake that hit central Italy on Wednesday morning continues through the night and into Thursday. Residents of the worst-hit towns, which include Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata and Pescara del Tronto, sleep in tents and temporary shelters as the operation continued

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Rogue state officials and disjointed land reforms have created an increasingly dangerous environment for at-risk animals

It was a normal day in the Chipinge Safari area when two police officers, Robert Shumba and Vengai Mazhara, headed into the bush in Zimbabwe’s eastern highlands after getting a tip about a poacher armed with an AK-47.

They were soon dead, shot by an unknown man who escaped the scene.

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Locals mourn the loss of the Mayakovsky Theatre, the latest victim of Dushanbe’s controversial urban redevelopment programme

The director of Dushanbe’s Mayakovsky Theatre weeps as she describes how demolition workers moved in.

Since work began in May, much of the Mayakovsky – a low-key, utilitarian and yet much-loved Soviet era constructivist building along the capital’s main thoroughfare – has been destroyed.

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As the role of Ukrainians in the Soviet Union’s demise is celebrated, tensions still simmer in the east of country after two years of war

Ukraine has marked 25 years of independence with a huge military parade through Kiev, and although two years of war with Russia-backed rebels in the east has united much of the country, the eastern territories remain divided.

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, addressed the nation after a parade on Wednesday involving thousands of soldiers, columns of armoured vehicles and missile systems made its way through the capital.

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Since the Russian annexation local vineyards have been capitalising on gaps in the market triggered by western sanctions

It was once the “Coca-Cola of the Soviet Union”, a homegrown luxury promoted by Josef Stalin as a promise of the supposed abundance soon to come to the USSR.

Now, more than 80 years since Stalin’s “invention” of Soviet champagne, a ban on western-imported produce triggered by Russia’s annexation of Crimea is prompting a revival in home-grown versions of foreign luxury goods.

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The irony of privileged athletes with their nutritionists, physios and sports psychologists pointing fingers at those who’ve overcome so much is laughable

When athletes lined up for the 800m women’s final in Rio last week they weren’t exactly starting from a level playing field – on that we can all agree. But who was it who enjoyed the “unfair advantage” that the eventual winner Caster Semenya has been accused of holding?

Various competitors and commentators have declared that the South African runner’s gold medal was unfairly gained because her physical attributes and medical condition make it impossible for others to beat her.

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We’re looking for people who have had the unique experience of living at least half their lives under the USSR

By the summer of 1991 it was clear that the Soviet empire’s days were numbered.

After widespread shortages of food and other supplies, rising nationalism and demands for independence across Central Asia, a coup against leader Mikhail Gorbachev ultimately ended his political career and resulted in the birth of 15 new and independent nations.

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Reaction to diplomat Thae Yong-ho’s escape shows the regime will try anything to discredit dissenters, says NK News

North Korea responded to the defection of a prominent diplomat and his family last week with typical hyperbole and inconsistency.

First, a spokesman for the government’s Ministry of Truth told newspapers that Thae Yong-ho had been a victim of a South Korean plot. The incident, the official said, was a “typical operation of South Korean intelligence services and part of a plot to bring down North Korea.”

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Crown Agents and two UN agencies are working to root out corrupt intermediaries but are facing politcal resistance to change

A British company hired to buy medicines for Ukraine’s health ministry has succeeded in cutting prices by up to a quarter, in a rare success for anti-corruption efforts.

Last year, under pressure from activists demanding action against graft, the health ministry brought in Crown Agents, a not-for-profit development company that specialises in the procurement of medicines, and two UN agencies, in the hope this would both lower prices and drive corrupt intermediaries out of business.

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Don’t mess with West Africans and their favourite recipe – as these western chefs and supermarkets learned the hard way

Every culture has a sacrosanct recipe passed down from generation to generation. But few cause as much controversy as jollof rice, West Africa’s beloved staple dish.

An rich orange-red delicacy made from rice and a spicy stew mixing tomato, onions, meat or fish, its origins – and how best to prepare it – have been the subject of fierce dispute over the years.

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Broadcaster announces arrival of Netflix-style service, offering documentaries about the Kim dynasty and language tuition

Netflix-style video on demand has come to North Korea, allowing viewers to replay documentaries about their leaders and learn Russian and English, state broadcaster the Korea Central Television reported.

If the claims are true, the set-top box named Manbang would be a significant development in domestic North Korean television technology, given the limited availability of internet in the country.

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One year ago, a tweet made Germany the promised land for refugees entering Europe – and changed the course of history

The tweet was sent by Germany’s federal agency for migration and refugees a year ago today. “The #Dublin procedure for Syrian citizens is at this point in time effectively no longer being adhered to,” the message read. With 175 retweets and 165 likes, it doesn’t look like classic viral content. But in Germany it is being spoken of as the first post on social media to change the course of European history.

Referring to an EU law determined at a convention in Dublin in 1990, the tweet was widely interpreted as a de facto suspension of the rule that the country in Europe where a refugee first arrives is responsible for handling his or her asylum application.

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Watchdog says force recorded around 85% of crimes that were reported but under-recorded some serious offences

One of the biggest police forces in the country fails to record more than 38,000 reported crimes each year, including a quarter of violent offences.

Greater Manchester police (GMP) were graded “inadequate” at recording crime, and a watchdog found officers were also wrongly cancelling recorded violence, robbery and sex offences.

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Iran nuclear deal and attempted Turkey coup blamed for delays that have forced students defer enrollment or turn down funding from US universities

More than 170 Iranian students have been forced to defer enrollment and turn down funding at US universities this year because of delays in visa processing.

The students were accepted into graduate programs to study subjects ranging from English to engineering, but as classes begin, their lives have been put on hold as they wait for the documents needed to travel to the US.

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Northern Territory chief minister says he supports anti-bullying parts of program but not ‘grooming kids in their sexuality’

The Northern Territory chief minister, Adam Giles, has gone back on an earlier commitment to enact the Safe Schools program, saying he supported the anti-bullying measures but not those which groomed children’s sexuality.

Giles had been addressing a people’s forum debate before Saturday’s election, which largely focused on how Territorians could trust either party to govern.

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Home Office figures emerge as Office for National Statistics data shows dip in net migration and Poland becomes top county of birth for migrants in the UK

There was a 14% spike in applications for British citizenship by European Union nationals living in the UK in the run-up to the EU referendum in June sparked by uncertainty over the outcome of the vote, Home Office figures show.

The 14% rise in applications for British passports from EU nationals to 15,501 included a 26% rise in applications from Italians and a 9% rise from Polish nationals in Britain.

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Rescuers find a 10-year-old alive under the rubble of a collapsed building in Pescara del Tronto on Wednesday, 17 hours after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy. Bystanders applaud and cheer as five rescuers help uncover the young girl and lift her to safety. Pescara del Tronto was one of the three towns most severely damaged by the quake

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French presidential hopeful earns sharp rebuke from burkini designer Aheda Zanetti, who says French don’t understand her creation

The former French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has branded the full-body burkini swimsuits worn by some Muslim women a “provocation” that supports radicalised Islam.

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At least 247 dead after 6.2-magnitude quake strikes central Italy on Wednesday morning

Amid the rubble of a town that seems almost to have toppled on to its hillside, it is, miraculously, still standing. But the clock on the 13th-century bell tower in Amatrice is stuck at 3.39 – three minutes after the earthquake struck.

At least 247 people died and dozens more were injured, or feared still trapped in debris, after a powerful pre-dawn earthquake devastated a string of remote hilltop towns and villages across a swath of central Italy on Wednesday.

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Omar, a 17-year-old Syrian, has Home Office approval to join family in London but is trapped in refugee camp waiting for transfer

Omar’s home for the last six months has been a makeshift wooden hut in the Calais “Jungle” refugee camp, where the teenager sleeps alone under piles of donated blankets.

But unlike many of the thousands of refugees living in the tents and containers next to the bypass, the Syrian teenager has a home waiting for him in the UK.

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The devastated town of Amatrice gave its name to the amatriciana dish of tomato sauce and pork cheek, spawning a novel fund raising effort

Italian restaurants across the world have been asked to make donations for every plate served of the pasta dish named after the town of Amatrice, one of the worst hit by Wednesday’s devastating earthquake.

Amatrice was this weekend set to hold its 50th annual food festival celebrating its famous spaghetti all’amatriciana, a pasta dish with a tomato-based sauce flavoured with guanciale, or cured pork cheek.

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25 August 1966: Revolutionary Chinese Guards say red is the colour of revolution and should be the new green light

Peking, August 24
It will be red for go and green for stop on Peking streets if one group of the Red Guards – vanguard of China’s new “cultural revolution” ­– gets its way.

The Guards plastered posters on the city’s walls today which said that red was the colour of revolution and should be used as a signal for traffic to go forward. Observers said the posters did not appear to be authorised by the Government but to be a suggestion of an individual group of guards.

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Students in Kabul were trapped in classrooms amid explosions and automatic gunfire as militants attacked the university

At least 12 people have been killed and 44 wounded after militants attacked the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, trapping students and foreign staff members in their classrooms amid explosions and automatic gunfire.

Witnesses said the attackers blew up an outer wall before bursting into the university compound around 7pm on Wednesday.

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Survivors from Italy’s devastating earthquake recall the night’s ‘terrible roar’ on Wednesday, as the death toll rose to 120 across the region, according to the authorities. People from Illica, Amatrice and Accumoli talk about how they escaped and what they saw

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The eight-year-old girl was pulled alive from the rubble in Pescara del Tronto, one of the three towns most severely damaged by the earthquake in central Italy.

As night fell, two women ran up the street yelling: “She’s alive!”

An eight-year-old girl has been pulled out alive from earthquake rubble, according to a firefighter chief in Italy. More details soon.

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Tougher stance follows Theresa May’s leadership campaign promise to be more punitive of tax evasion and avoidance

The Treasury is proposing new rules to punish offshore tax evaders who fail to come clean about their finances before September 2018, with fines of up to 200% of the amount owed.

Related: Can Theresa May get the wheels of British business turning again?

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Naturally, security is a growing global concern which should be at the forefront of everything else. However, repeatedly targeting Muslim women’s dress code and publicly humiliating them is not the solution (Armed French police pictured ordering woman to remove burkini on Nice beach, 24 August).

Created bearing Muslim women in mind, the burkini is an all-in-one convenient sun- and waterproof swimsuit with the bonus of a swimming hat. Many non-Muslim women who feel uncomfortable wearing other forms of swimwear have worn this.

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Aerial footage filmed with a drone shows the level of damage caused by an earthquake in the Italian town of Amatrice. Rescue workers can be seen standing among the rubble and debris. At least 120 people have died and dozens more are injured after a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake devastated a string of remote hilltop towns and villages across a swath of central Italy on Wednesday

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France is tearing itself apart over a swimsuit but it’s not the first time an item of clothing has caused a political storm. What we wear has always hidden deeper fears about sex, race and class

This is what happens to my skin in the sun. After a few minutes, it goes a mottled pink. Give it an hour or so, and it goes the colour of a ripe tomato. Shortly after that, it burns really badly, and the next day I develop full-body dandruff. Not a good look.

So I go to the beach well equipped. I wear sunscreen, of course. But also a hat, a scarf to cover my neck and my head as well if it’s too windy for the hat, a long-sleeved tunic, and light trousers to pull on somewhere between the mottled pink and tomato stage. I long ago accepted that I am never going to go brown, so I cover up, and I’m comfortable that way. But on a growing number of French beaches, it seems that covering up is now against the law.

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Joe Biden reassured Ankara, but it is unclear how Washington’s Kurdish proxies will react to his demand that they step back

Turkish tanks moved rapidly through the Syrian town of Jarablus on Wednesday, ousting the Islamic State terrorist group from one of its last border strongholds – but the most important outcome in Ankara’s eyes was trumping the US-backed Kurdish fighters in a race to seize the surrounding area.

In a pointed concession to Turkey, Joe Biden demanded that Kurdish forces, who had been a central US proxy in the battle against the terrorist group, “move back across the Euphrates river”, to the east of Jarablus. The US vice-president also said that the Kurds, who have won a series of recent battles against Isis, would be abandoned if they advanced. US jets gave cover to the Turkish push, one of the first times in the war that the two allies have conducted a joint operation.

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As an active member of the anti-Daesh coalition, and being far from indifferent, Turkey’s substantial contributions to the prevention of supplies and curbing the flow of foreign fighters in line with the international efforts are a well-known fact (Turkey’s leaders sat back as Isis took hold. Now its people are paying the price, 23 August). Turkey has participated in the coalition’s military campaign planning from day one, and has allowed its airbases and airspace to be used by coalition aircraft for both combat and non-combat roles, including intelligence gathering and personnel recovery. Moreover, Turkey has been striking Daesh targets since the beginning through air, artillery and other assets, and has eliminated more than 1,300 Daesh elements in Syria and Iraq. Turkey’s efforts to clear Daesh from its borders and ultimately defeat this threat in its close neighbourhood will continue unabated. This must be evident from the operation launched today by the Turkish armed forces.

Furthermore, Turkey unfortunately has to fight against various terrorist organisations at the same time. The PKK, which to the contrary of your opinion piece is also a proscribed terrorist organisation in the UK, not to mention being on the US and EU lists of terrorist organisations, continues its heinous crimes in Turkey. Just as the PKK does not represent the Kurds in Turkey, PYD/YPG does not represent Kurds in Syria. And fighting against another terrorist organisation like Daesh does not clear terrorist organisations of their own crimes. One only has to look at the PKK bombings of Ankara, Diyarbakır and Bursa, the training for some of which were given at YPG camps in the north of Syria, to remember the true nature of the PKK. Add to that the DHKP/C, and you will see that Turkey is up against no shortage of terrorist organisations.

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West German politician who helped pave the way for reconciliation with the east

Walter Scheel, who has died aged 97, changed the course of Germany’s postwar politics and was an influential architect of east-west detente while serving as Willy Brandt’s foreign minister between 1969 and 1974. Scheel’s singular contribution to history stems from his courageous decision after Germany’s 1969 general election to throw the weight of his small Free Democrat party (FDP) behind Brandt, enabling the Socialist Democrat party (SPD) leader to scrape through with a tiny parliamentary majority and form a coalition government.

For the first time since the second world war, the Christian Democrats (CDU) were out of power. As chancellor, Brandt was then free to pursue Ostpolitik, his policy seeking reconciliation with Germany’s eastern neighbours and a relaxation of tensions with the Soviet Union. And with Scheel as foreign minister and vice-chancellor, he had a loyal and enthusiastic negotiator at his side.

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In the 1960s, British architectural critic Reyner Banham declared his love for the city that his fellow intellectuals hated. What Banham wrote about Los Angeles redefined how the world perceived it – but what would he think of LA today?

“Now I know subjective opinions can vary,” the journalist Adam Raphael wrote in the Guardian in 1968, “but personally I reckon LA as the noisiest, the smelliest, the most uncomfortable and most uncivilised major city in the United States. In short, a stinking sewer ...”

Three years later, Raphael’s words appeared in print again as an epigraph of Reyner Banham’s Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies – the most exuberantly pro-Los Angeles book ever written. Ever since publication, it has shown up on lists of great books about modern cities – even those drawn up by people who consider Los Angeles anything but a great American city.

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Recent changes have seen huge increases in fines for not wearing a helmet or jumping a red light. Next year it will become compulsory for all cyclists to carry identification on every trip – have state authorities gone too far?

Michael Gratton was cycling to work in Sydney when he was stopped in a recent police “education and awareness” blitz and fined $531 (£310). His offence? Not wearing a helmet, not having a bell and not having a working brake.

“The bell fine of $106 is ridiculous,” says the robotics researcher, who is challenging the third fine, as braking on his fixed-wheel bike is done through the pedals. “I don’t ride on the footpath and a bell is useless against cars. It has been my experience in the past that if you ring a bell behind a person they are as likely to jump into your way as out of it. Pedestrians also see ringing a bell as an aggressive act. The fines are massively disproportionate.”

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The Shanghai Tower is another in a long list of ambitious skyscrapers competing fiercely for sustainability credentials as well as height. But how ‘green’ are these buildings – and is environmentalism really the motivation?

Twisting high above Shanghai’s financial district, China’s tallest tower – and the second tallest in the world – is preparing to officially open its substantial doors to the public next month. The Shanghai Tower, reaching 632 metres, is the third “supertall” tower on the city’s iconic skyline. Looking out from the 119th floor, the city lies below like a toy model, a densely packed mass of streets and high-rise buildings.

China loves a world record, and its new building boasts plenty, including the world’s fastest elevators, highest hotel and restaurant, and tallest viewing platform. Reassuringly, it also required the largest ever cement pouring for the foundations. But most importantly, the 128-storey tower also claims to be the world’s greenest skyscraper. Awarded the top green rating, LEED Platinum, the government is hailing the tower as a sign of China’s growing green credentials.

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The road-straddling bus that glides over traffic has taken its first test drive in China but as with most eccentric transport schemes – like 750mph hyperloop pods – it’s flawed ... and can you even call it a bus when it runs on tracks?

It’s fair to say that among those dependent on public transport, buses don’t have a good reputation for turning up on time. So when a model for a sci-fi looking “straddling bus” capable of gliding over traffic was unveiled in China in May (six years after first being mooted), we can safely say that the hopes of city commuters were, no pun intended, raised.

In the case of the so-called Transit Explore Bus (TEB), however, it seems that potential delays are the least of its troubles. Just one week after a “road test” of the futuristic bus – which, in the words of the Shanghaiist, proved: “They built it. They actually built it” – reports have emerged in the Chinese media suggesting that not only is the bus’s current manifestation completely unfeasible, but that TEB might even be some kind of elaborate Ponzi scheme.

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In the 1920s the US industrialist wanted to found a city based on the values that made his company a success – while, of course, producing cheap rubber. The jungle city that bore his name ended up one of his biggest failures

In 1928, northern Brazil was captivated by an enticing bit of news. The region’s residents were about to receive a new visitor, a man who came with the promise of reviving their ailing economy and introducing them to a whole new way of life – Henry Ford.

Local papers began raving about their future neighbour. Speculation ran wild: some columnists opined that Ford would be building a new railroad to the coast, or a new factory for his cars. Above all, they just wanted to know when he would be arriving.

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A period of relative stability has put the Iranian capital No1 on the list of world cities that have achieved biggest improvements in liveability over the past five years, as calculated by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The ‘most improved’ top 10 contains some unexpected names ...

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In the 19th century, European visitors to this abandoned medieval city refused to believe that indigenous Africans could have built such an extensive network of monuments. Such ignorance was disastrous for the remains of Great Zimbabwe

In the early 16th century, rumours of a mysterious fortress with gargantuan walls, abandoned in the African jungle, spread around Europe. Surrounded by goldmines and sitting on a 900-metre-high hill, the city was thought to represent the summit of a unique African civilisation which had traded with distant Asian countries, including China and Persia.

A Portuguese sea captain, Viçente Pegado, was one of the first foreigners to encounter the site, in 1531. He wrote: “Among the goldmines of the inland plains between the Limpopo and Zambezi rivers [is a] fortress built of stones of marvellous size, and there appears to be no mortar joining them … This edifice is almost surrounded by hills, upon which are others resembling it in the fashioning of stone and the absence of mortar, and one of them is a tower more than 12 fathoms high.”

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The former ZiL car factory is the latest to undergo a major redevelopment as part of a city-wide project to transform derelict industrial areas – but campaigners are concerned their unique architectural heritage is under threat

A warning scrawled on a wall in the dismantled press shop of the former ZiL auto factory still reads: “Don’t smoke, fine 100 roubles.”

This wall is all that’s left to remind visitors of when the press shop, built in 1935, was part of the 400-hectare Soviet industrial hub – a “city within a city” which enjoyed its own cafeterias, barber shop, bus line and fire department. At one point, 100,000 proletarians laboured here to put together trucks that could be found at almost every collective farm, as well as deluxe armoured limousines that carried the Soviet leadership.

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Long before Columbus reached the Americas, Cahokia was the biggest, most cosmopolitan city north of Mexico. Yet by 1350 it had been deserted by its native inhabitants the Mississippians – and no one is sure why

In its prime, about four centuries before Columbus stumbled on to the western hemisphere, Cahokia was a prosperous pre-American city with a population similar to London’s.

Located in southern Illinois, eight miles from present-day St Louis, it was probably the largest North American city north of Mexico at that time. It had been built by the Mississippians, a group of Native Americans who occupied much of the present-day south-eastern United States, from the Mississippi river to the shores of the Atlantic.

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Recent laser surveys have revealed traces of a vast urban settlement, comparable in size to Los Angeles, around the temples of Angkor in the Cambodian jungle. The ancient Khmer capital was never lost … it just got a bit overgrown

Clusters of gigantic stone pine cones poke above the dense forest canopy in Cambodia, looking like ancient rocket ships poised for take-off, their distinctive silhouettes reflected in the mirror-calm moat below. Tree root tentacles roam along crumbling cornices, winding their way around door frames and strangling the serene stone faces of smiling god-kings, oblivious to the fact that their empire has long succumbed to the natural world.

When you’re exploring the enigmatic temples of Angkor, along with the two million other tourists who come here each year, it can still feel like you’re uncovering this lost kingdom for the first time. What’s harder to imagine as you roam between the ruined sites, each set apart in the depths of the jungle, is that these monuments were once part of the largest, most sprawling city on the planet.

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World risk report underlines need for major improvements to transport and power networks in poor countries vulnerable to extreme weather events

Countries with dilapidated transport networks and unsafe power grids stand a greater risk of extreme natural events becoming humanitarian disasters, a report has found.

Related: World heading for catastrophe over natural disasters, risk expert warns

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In southern Thailand, taking the language of the Muslim Patani-Malay community into government schools is easing ethnic tensions

For Ismail Jamaat, a science teacher at Tanjung primary school, going to work can feel like entering a war zone. During the past decade, his government school has endured three firebomb attacks. In 2013, Ismail, along with scores of schoolchildren, witnessed the murder of his friend and colleague Cholathee Charoenchol by masked gunmen in the school cafeteria.

Tanjung is one of more than 1,200 government schools in Thailand’s so called deep south, where a deadly sectarian conflict between ethnic Malay Muslims and their Thai Buddhist countrymen has left more than 6,500 dead since 2004. With nearly 200 teachers assassinated and 300 government schools razed over the past decade, education in the region is a critical issue.

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When earthquakes strike in south Asia, thousands of children are at risk from fragile school buildings. Evacuation drills are aiming to reduce the potential death toll

As soon as the school bell rang, Lucky Akhter, 15, dropped down on her knees and took cover under a bench. When a second bell rang, she and 30 other students walked out of the classroom, joining a queue of about 300 students covering their heads with books and bags.

The students at Yearpur high school in Savar, north-west of Dhaka, were practising an earthquake drill prompted by the increasing frequency of tremors in Bangladesh over the past four years.

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With food insecurity affecting 4.4 million people and creating a fertile breeding ground for Boko Haram, Nigeria needs help from the international community

The situation facing internally displaced people in the north-east of Nigeria is fast becoming a full-scale humanitarian crisis and Nigerian authorities and the international community have been accused of not acting quickly enough to avert disaster. The UN has estimated that 4.4 million people in the Lake Chad region are severely food insecure, but international donors have not funded UN relief efforts to the necessary extent.

Related: Nigeria braced for potential food crisis as forecasters predict short rainy season

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The Mbera refugee camp is hosting rising numbers of refugees, despite a peace deal. Plus, how a newspaper in northern India is breaking taboos

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Alex Duval Smith reports from the Mbera refugee camp in south-east Mauritania, which is host to rising numbers of people fleeing conflict in central Mali. Even though armed groups have agreed a peace deal with the government in Bamako, there are about 42,000 people in the camp, mainly Tuareg and Arab refugees, with their numbers bolstered by the recent arrival of more than 500 Fulani nomads. Mali and Mauritania both have high rates of child marriage, but NGOs working at the camp are trying to provide education and training opportunities to dissuade both child marriage and young men from joining armed groups.

Khabar Lahariya is an Indian newspaper that has come a long way: from fortnightly publications hand-delivered around villages, its reportage now includes video and WhatsApp updates. But what makes the publication special is the way it is breaking gender and caste taboos. The newspaper is the first and only paper in India staffed, edited and run entirely by women, mostly from low-caste, rural backgrounds. We’ve also had reports from India in the past two weeks on how little is being done to help Indians displaced by the Maoist insurgency, and on schools in Delhi that are opening up a safe space for children to speak up about sexual abuse.

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In an extract from his book Today We Drop Bombs, Tomorrow We Build Bridges, Peter Gill laments aid agencies’ waning independence and the dangers staff face

When the United States bombed the Syrian town of Kobani in 2014 to stop it falling to Islamic State, the retired American general charged with building the military coalition against the jihadists, General John R Allen, said he would not use terms like “strategic target” or “strategic outcome” to describe the action, then added, “We are striking the targets around Kobani for humanitarian purposes.”

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Ebola exposed the weakness of Liberia’s health system but some clinics are now offering more effective diagnosis and streamlined services

The Well Baby clinic in Buchanan is busy. But that’s not unusual. The clinic, a two-hour drive from Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, sees between 700 and 1,000 mothers and children each week.

Nurse Cellian Fahncole sits in a consulting room off the main waiting room. She is examining a baby girl and asking the mother a series of questions, checking the responses against a list. “I am asking, ‘Does the child have fever and for how long? Is the fever accompanied by other symptoms?’ I refer to my book and check for danger signs, which are highlighted in pink. If there is any one of the danger signs, I know that I need to refer the child to a hospital,” she says.

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Researchers identify exposure to toxic materials from explosion of munitions and burning of military waste by US army as cause of birth defects and cancers

Air pollution caused by war may be a major factor in the numbers of birth defects and cancers being reported in Iraq and other war zones, a study has suggested.

Human exposure to heavy metals and neurotoxicants from the explosion of bombs, bullets, and other ammunition affects not only those directly targeted by bombardments but also troops and people living near military bases, according to research published in the scientific journal Environmental Monitoring and Assessment.

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Half of the student population in India’s capital suffer abuse, a taboo subject in many homes. Now police are visiting schools to encourage children to report it

In the cavernous assembly hall at Victor public school in the Delhi suburb of Shahdara, hundreds of pupils sit cross-legged on the floor to watch a story about seven-year-old Komal.

Komal’s parents become friendly with a new neighbour. He treats her affectionately and her parents tell her to call him Bakshi Uncle. He gives her sweets. He plays hide-and-seek with her. Then he plays another “game” that leaves her feeling dirty. The video concludes with an explanation about the difference between “good” and “bad” touches.

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Death toll will be far higher than it should be in a country of Italy’s wealth but much lower than if quake had struck during day, writes John Hooper

The death toll from the earthquake that hit Amatrice and other villages in central Italy is rising at an alarming rate. But so far it looks as if the number of fatalities will be substantially lower than when an earthquake of comparable force hit the nearby city of L’Aquila in 2009, killing 309 people.

The casualty tally will nevertheless be far higher than it should be in a country of Italy’s wealth – but much lower than it might have been. The 6.2-magnitude earthquake, like the one that devastated L’Aquila, struck at night.

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Candidate’s trip through deep red states rather than battleground ones is a quintessential move – favoring habit over conventional political wisdom

Although thousands of supporters will turn out for Donald Trump’s rally Wednesday in Mississippi, the real purpose for his visit to the state will quietly happen an hour earlier: a $1,000-per-person fundraiser at an undisclosed location.

Money is the only explanation for Trump’s continued swing through deep red states, according to operatives on both the left and the right.

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Erdoğan’s purge of ex-allies blamed for failed coup bid has its critics, but many Turks remember the ruthless rise of the cleric’s followers

In 2008, his last year of military high school in the western city of Bursa, Mehmet Koç noticed that things were changing in the Turkish army. The school had just been handed over from the army to the air force, and a new group of commanders took over the education of the cadets.

What Koç was seeing was the arrival of the Gülenists, the movement around US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, who the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a former ally, accuses of being behind last month’s coup attempt. Gülen and his followers have denied all involvement.

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Since the EU referendum, there’s been a huge spike in the number of Britons investigating a move to New Zealand. Tell us what’s so great about the country

In wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, more Britons than ever have sought a life far away from home in New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand website – a guide to living and working in the country – recorded a huge spike in queries from British nationals. On the day of the EU referendum result, the website received 998 registrations from Britons, compared with 109 at the same time the year before.

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As the people of Burundi join the swell of refugees from Syria, governments and individuals have to do more to ease their plight

My heart sank earlier this month at the news that Burundi’s government had rejected a decision to deploy a UN police force in an effort to end more than a year of terrible violence since President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek a third term in office.

More than 500 people have been killed in unrest since April last year and a vast amount of people have fled their homes. The situation looks far from being resolved any time soon.

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Nigel Farage has spoken at a Donald Trump rally in Jackson, Mississippi. The former Ukip leader told Trump supporters they had a ‘fantastic opportunity’ to achieve victory like the Brexit campaign to take Britain out of the EU. ‘Anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared to stand up against the establishment,’ Farage declared

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared at a rally in Tampa, Florida, and indicated his intent to put tariffs on Chinese products. He also said that he would bring cases against China in the US and at the World Trade Organization. ‘We’re not playing games any more,’ he told the crowd.

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At a private fundraiser on Sunday in Provincetown, Massachusetts, for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Cher praised Clinton while comparing Donald Trump to Stalin and Hitler. ‘Do you remember Fun With Dick and Jane? It’s like racist Fun With Dick and Jane! “We’re going to build walls!” He doesn’t mean: “We’re going to make America great again.” He means: “We’re going to make America straight and white.”’

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Patrick Hardison, whose face burned off 15 years ago when a roof of a home on fire collapsed on him, is doing well after his face transplant surgery. Hardison was the subject of media attention last year when he was operated on for 26 hours at New York University’s Langone medical center. He received the face of David Rodebaugh, 26, who was pronounced brain-dead after a cycling accident

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A set of 16 postcards sent by Malcolm X are to be auctioned this week by Nate D Sanders. They were sent in 1957, 1958 and 1964 to Gloria Owens, who was the secretary at Muhammad’s Temples of Islam where he was a minister alongside Louis Farrakhan. The cards are an intimate look at the perspective of one of the most famous African American civil rights activists

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