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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

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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.

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Top Seven Reasons to Publicize your Business with Articles

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Refugees and migrants queue for processing before police move in at the start of a week-long operation to raze camp in northern France

France begins operation to clear Calais refugee camp

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The evacuation of the Calais camp is continuing apace, according to my colleague Lisa O’Carroll, who is at the scene. She has just sent this tweet:

Ten buses have already left processing centre. People queuing since 5am. Migrants being taken to Paris, Lyons and Marseilles I was told

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Leila de Lima tells the Guardian she fears for her own life after challenging president on a mission to wipe out drug dealers

A leading member of the Philippines’ senate has called for an international criminal investigation into the country’s president in an effort to stop a vicious war on drugs that has killed more than 3,800 people since June.

Senator Leila de Lima, a human rights advocate and former justice secretary, has told the Guardian that foreign intervention was the only hope of putting an end to “state-inspired” extrajudicial murders that have terrorised parts of the population since president Rodrigo Duterte came to power four months ago.

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Hillary Clinton’s increasingly confident campaign has warned against complacency, as new poll numbers suggested Donald Trump may drag Republicans into a rout in just over two weeks time.

Related: Jessica Drake: porn star is 11th woman to allege Trump sexual misconduct

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UN unable to evacuate wounded civilians from rebel-held areas of the beleaguered city during three-day pause in fighting

Heavy clashes have erupted between regime and rebel forces in Syria’s divided city of Aleppo after a three-day “humanitarian” ceasefire expired before the UN could evacuate wounded civilians from rebel-held areas.

Neither rebels nor residents of opposition-held districts heeded calls from Syria’s army and Moscow to leave during the ceasefire, after weeks of devastating bombardment and a three-month government siege.

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Though sexual violence and harassment are rife in Tunisia, it is seen as a beacon on women’s rights. A draft law could bring reality into line with appearance

After 14 years of sexual harassment at work, Idihar Chaieb finally got her day in court. The widow had been repeatedly propositioned and groped by her boss, who was also a local official in her home town of Menzel Bouzelfa, an hour’s drive from Tunis. When he finally got the message that Chaieb wasn’t interested in his advances, he threatened to destroy her reputation.

“I was afraid to speak out. I thought I would be blamed,” she said.

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PSOE decision to abstain in confidence vote over conservative government is likely to end 10 months of political deadlock

Spain’s embattled Socialists have voted to lift a longstanding veto that has prevented conservatives from forming a minority government, in what could end a 10-month political impasse.

The conservative Popular party (PP) of the acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, won elections in December 2015 and again in June this year but without enough seats to rule alone.

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  • Highway patrol chief says 13 dead in freeway accident
  • Newspaper reports 30 injuries, more bodies being removed from scene

A tour bus and a semi-truck crashed on a highway in southern California early on Sunday, killing 13 people, the California highway patrol said.

A maintenance crew had slowed down traffic on Interstate 10 before the vehicles crashed just north of the desert resort town of Palm Springs, California highway patrol border division chief Jim Abele said. The work had gone on for hours without problems, he said.

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Charities fear children could get caught up in ‘herding’ of adult migrants on to buses when dismantling of refugee camp begins

French and British authorities are racing to process hundreds of children in the Calais refugee camp amid fears that vulnerable minors could be lost in the “total chaos” of the site’s planned demolition.

French officials are expected to press ahead with plans to start dismantling the camp on Monday, despite concerns about the safety of thousands of children and vulnerable adults living there.

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Offensive moves to encircle strategic town of Bashiqa as Isis launches diversionary attack on Rutba

Kurdish troops backed by foreign special forces including a Turkish contingent advanced on a town near Mosul on Sunday, pushing to within five miles (nine kilometres) of the northern Iraqi city as Islamic State launched another diversionary attack on the western town of Rutba.

Sunday’s offensive focused on encircling the strategic town of Bashiqa, known for both its religious diversity and production of the aniseed liquor arak, until Isis took over in August 2014.

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The 84-year-old former emir had not held power since 1995 when he was deposed by his son in a bloodless palace coup

Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad al-Thani, the former ruler of the tiny Gulf nation of Qatar, who was deposed by his son in a bloodless palace coup, died on Sunday

The emiri diwan, or royal court, announced the death of the 84-year-old former emir. State TV quickly cut from its regular programming, airing Koranic recitations late into the night.

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Surprise move has angered many in the country’s Christian community who rely on the business

Iraq’s parliament has passed a law forbidding the import, production or selling of alcoholic beverages in a surprise move that angered many in the country’s Christian community who rely on the business.

The law, passed late on Saturday night, imposes a fine of up to 25m Iraqi dinars (£17,000) for anyone violating the ban. But it’s unclear how strictly the law would be enforced, and it could be struck down by the supreme court.

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UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates rise of 43% in 2016, calling this a ‘worrying reversal’ in efforts to combat illegal drugs

Afghanistan’s opium production has risen by an estimated 43% this year, the UN has said.

The annual increase on 2015 levels was due in part to estimated growth of 10% in the area under cultivation, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said, from 183,000 to 201,000 hectares.

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Demonstrators rally against new proposal to outlaw abortions in cases where foetus is unviable or suffers abnormalities

Hundreds of protesters dressed in black have taken to the streets of Warsaw for the latest demonstration against efforts by the nation’s conservative leaders to tighten Poland’s already restrictive abortion law.

A large group gathered on Sunday outside the parliament building in Warsaw, chanting: “We have had enough!” Polish media reported similar protests in cities and towns across the country.

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Company bosses celebrate ‘perfect match’, but deal could face regulatory hurdles as Republican warns against purchase and Democrats voice skepticism

The US telecoms giant AT&T has agreed to buy Time Warner, the owner of the Harry Potter and Batman film franchises as well as HBO, CNN and Cartoon Network, for $85.4bn (£70bn), creating a new media behemoth that will control both content and its distribution.

Related: AT&T agrees to buy Time Warner for $85bn as Trump slams deal

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Airstrikes and ground clashes intensify, with parties shrugging off UN envoy’s appeal to renew 72-hour truce

The Saudi-led coalition has stepped up airstrikes on Iran-backed rebels in Yemen and clashes rage on the ground as warring parties ignore a UN call to renew a fragile ceasefire.

The 72-hour ceasefire took effect just before midnight on Wednesday to allow aid deliveries in Yemen, whose war has killed thousands of people and left millions homeless and hungry. It officially ended at midnight on Saturday.

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72-year-old may have blown himself up in Utsunomiya park, media reports suggest

Two apparent explosions have hit the Japanese city of Utsunomiya, killing one person and injuring three others in what police are viewing as a possible suicide.

Japanese media reports suggest that the victim, believed to be a 72-year-old former military officer, may have set his house on fire, blown up his car in a public car park and then blown himself up in a nearby park.

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For decades, children from Réunion island in the Indian Ocean were removed to repopulate rural areas of France

Jean-Thierry Cheyroux, 56, doesn’t remember his mother’s face or the name of the road he lived on as a child, but when he sees the volcanoes from the aircraft window, for the first time in decades he feels at home. The last time he made this journey was in 1967; he was seven years old and flying in the opposite direction – from Réunion Island, where he was born, to France, where he now lives.

“I remember being on that plane as a child, and being so scared that I was crying. The stewardess had to take me to see the cockpit to calm me down,” he recalls now in a park in the capital, Saint-Denis, less than an hour’s drive from his childhood home.

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Family of 32-year-old who died after pregnancy claim she was denied procedure on ‘moral’ grounds

Italian police are investigating a dozen doctors at a Sicilian hospital after the family of a 32-year-old woman who died after a miscarriage claimed she was not given adequate medical attention. The family says that her doctor had professed moral objections to abortion.

The death of Valentina Milluzzo, who was five months pregnant with twins when she miscarried and fell ill, has reignited a debate across Italy about the high number of gynaecologists and obstetricians who refuse to provide abortions. As a result, women may not get the medical attention they require in emergency situations.

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As chasm grows between a resurgent Russia and a divided US and Europe, diplomats say conflict is now more dangerous, with ‘no clear rules of the road’

General Sir Richard Shirreff remembers the moment he realised Nato was facing a new and more dangerous Russia. It was 19 March 2014, the day after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.

Shirreff, then deputy supreme allied commander Europe, was at Nato’s military HQ in Mons, Belgium, when an American two-star general came in with the transcript of Putin’s speech justifying the annexation. “He briefed us”, Shirreff recalled, “and said, ‘I think this just might be a paradigm-shifting speech’, and I think he might have been right.”

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Week-long clear-out starts in peaceful and orderly fashion, in contrast to violent clashes witnessed at weekend

An operation to clear the Calais refugee camp has begun, as the first of 60 French government buses left the northern port town, transporting refuges and migrants to accommodation centres elsewhere in the country.

Queues of people dragging their few possessions in donated holdalls had begun forming in the dark pre-dawn outside a warehouse where processing was taking place.

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Sixty years ago, Sri Lanka was one of the countries most affected by malaria; in September 2016, the World Health Organisation declared the country free of the disease. Dinitha Rathnayake charts the journey of a huge victory for public health

Dinitha Rathnayake, a radio journalist based in Colombo, looks back over Sri Lanka’s long struggle with malaria. She speaks to people who lived through the 1980s health crisis as well as the doctors, health workers and officials who helped to eliminate the disease.

Mahieash Johnney, of Sri Lanka’s Red Cross, looks back to the 1930s, when more than 5m cases of malaria were reported in the country.

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Light aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff, killing at least five people, airport sources and witnesses say

A light aircraft has crashed shortly after takeoff from Malta, killing at least five people, airport sources and witnesses said.

Initial reports said the plane was believed to be carrying officials from the EU border agency Frontex, but a spokesman later said the agency had not deployed the plane.

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Government introduces waiting time after warning that high level of terminations of female foetuses was causing a demographic crisis

A new law designed to cut the high rate of sex-selective abortions in Armenia is inadequate, limiting women’s reproductive choices and putting lives at risk, according to women’s rights groups.

The ex-Soviet country, with a population of just under 3 million, has the third highest rate of abortion of female foetuses in the world, behind China and Azerbaijan.

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Authorities shutting down Dadaab are repatriating up to 400 people a day despite lack of shelter, clean water or schools

Authorities in Somalia have denounced the way refugees are being repatriated from neighbouring Kenya, after the Kenyan government announced it would close Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee camp, by the end of 2016.

Over the past five months, makeshift camps in Somalia’s southernmost border state have been swelling with families as thousands of refugees are repatriated as part of a UN scheme.

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Construction of controversial 4,800 sq metre complex has been marred by architectural, financial and political disputes

A vast Russian “spiritual and cultural centre” crowned by a golden-domed Orthodox cathedral – widely seen as a grand expression of Moscow’s quest to project an image of itself as a powerful, religious country – is set to open in Paris.

The 4,800 sq metre complex-features the newly-built Holy Trinity Cathedral capped with five gilded domes; a parish centre comprising an auditorium and foyer, offices and apartments; a French-Russian primary school for 150 pupils; and a cultural centre, including a bookshop, exhibition spaces and a coffee shop.

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New book by journalist who spent years interviewing dozens of sources reveals a regime where disloyalty is the biggest crime

For many people in the west, Russian politics has become synonymous with the country’s secretive president, Vladimir Putin, who has been known to disappear for weeks without explanation.

But Putin does not work alone. As with most world leaders, he has a network of powerful allies around him – allies who both support and deceive him, according to a new book by the Russian journalist and opposition activist Mikhail Zygar.

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SPLA forces loyal to President Salva Kiir say attack by rebels aligned to Riek Machar near Malakal oilfields beaten back

At least 56 rebels and four government soldiers have been killed in heavy clashes in South Sudan, in a worrying new surge of violence.

A Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesman, Brig Gen Lul Ruai Koang, said that rebels aligned with the former vice-president, Riek Machar, attacked government troops near the country’s second-largest city of Malakal.

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Photographer Thom Pierce has documented the herders and commuters who travel the paths winding through the mountain villages of Semonkong in southern Africa. The images are on show in Johannesburg this month

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White girls ‘promoting’ their humanitarian work wearing traditional dress is a saviour narrative that will no longer be tolerated

Dear Dancing Missionaries,

I hope you are OK with that description – it is, after all, how you described yourself on your Facebook page.

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Photographer Elena Chernyshova spent a year documenting the people and landscape of Norilsk, which was built by prisoners during the Soviet era

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Abou Bakar Sidibé – whose 18-month wait to get to Spain has been made into a film – recalls trauma, hardship and camaraderie

For one year and six months my home was Mount Gourougou in Morocco, a temporary settlement overlooking Melilla, a Spanish enclave and the gateway to Europe and a future I had always dreamed of.

I am from Mali, a country of many problems, but I now live in Bayern, a town in southern Germany. I have temporary asylum status, which I’m trying to make permanent.

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Human rights report details abuse used to extract confessions in only European country to use death penalty

The last European country to retain capital punishment has resumed sentencing people to death since EU sanctions against its president were dropped this year, according to a landmark investigation.

In recent months Belarus has executed one person and condemned four more to death, with more cases pending in which capital punishment is likely, according to investigators with the Paris-based human rights organisation FIDH, and the Viasna human rights centre in Minsk.

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Silent retreats, silent ​restaurants and even silent dating events are​ on the rise. Now a new film aims to – quietly – spread the word

Once the preserve of monastic retreats and hardcore meditators, simply being quiet is growing in appeal. Whole businesses have sprung up to meet a rising demand for quiet time, from silent weekend getaways to silent dining, silent reading parties and even silent dating. This month sees the release of documentary In Pursuit of Silence, a “meditative film” about our relationship with noise, promoted with a delicate two-minute trailer in which not a word is uttered.

Silence can, as the film attests, mean different things to different people. It can be a space for quiet reflection or a state fraught with discomfort. There is a certain intimacy inherent in being silent with other people – we usually do so only with those closest to us. So there is something almost radical about the recent trend for enjoying silence with strangers.

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Much rage against change that makes neighbourhoods more posh is contradictory and misses the point

Are we quite sure we’re against gentrification, the urban phenomenon routinely blamed for everything held to be destroying London’s soul, from high housing costs, to corporatised shopping streets, to the pricing out of artists and other creative folk, to the alleged “social cleansing” of the poor? Do we absolutely know that gentrification is to blame for such bad things? Do we really know what we mean by the word?

Its most popular deployment is familiar: it disparages the effects of an influx into neighbourhoods “with potential” of newcomers who are wealthier than those already there. At its most pejorative it characterises economic and demographic change in London – especially Inner London - as the colonisation by wealthy people of working class areas with high percentages of ethnic minority residents who are “pushed out” as a result.

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Newspaper famous for defying censorship during Argentina’s military dictatorship is reported to be on verge of publication change

The Buenos Aires Herald, the English-language newspaper famous for defying the military regime that ruled Argentina for seven years from 1976, is reportedly switching from daily to weekly publication.

Editorial staff were evidently shocked by the announcement, which comes little more than a month after the paper celebrated its 140th anniversary.

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South Korean shipping giant seeks court approval to shut all European units including regional HQ in Germany

Shares in Hanjin have fallen almost 14% after the the troubled South Korean shipping giant said it would close its European business.

The firm said it had applied for court approval to close all of its European units in more than 10 countries including Germany, where it has its regional HQ, a spokeswoman said.

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Teenager required hospital treatment after dog searching for burglars found him hiding under a building, police say

Police are conducting an internal inquiry after a police dog bit a 13-year-old boy during a search for burglars in the outback town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

The boy had allegedly been part of a group who tried to break open the front door of the Target store on Saturday 15 October, and then climbed on to the roof.

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Tensions mount on the fringes of the Calais refugee camp ahead of its destruction on Monday. A small group clash with riot police on Sunday night after portable toilets are set on fire on a sandy no-man’s land on the camp’s edge

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Google says governments can request content removal, though material likely to breach lèse-majesté laws is still online

Thailand has sent a high-level delegation to meet Google to push the company to remove any content that defames the royal family, a criminal offence in the south-east Asian country.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej died on 13 October, aged 88, after seven decades on the throne. At a time of focused discussion on royal affairs, lèse-majesté laws mean people deemed to have offended the monarchy can face years in jail.

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French riot police prepare for demolition on Monday. If you are in Calais we’d like to hear from you

French officials are expected to press ahead with plans to start dismantling the Calais refugee camp on Monday, despite concerns about the safety of thousands of children and vulnerable adults living there.

French and British authorities are racing to process hundreds of children in the camp amid fears that vulnerable minors could be lost in the “total chaos” of the site’s planned demolition.

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IPPR report says uncertainty over right to remain, discrimination and possible loss of funding need to be tackled now

Roma migrants in the UK have been left in a state of deep insecurity following the vote to leave the European Union, a leading thinktank has found.

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) into the implications of Brexit for Roma communities found that the group faced “a triple whammy of challenges” following June’s referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.

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‘Unsustainable’ pressure to fill the news cycle, especially in a time of tension with Pakistan, is causing stations ‘to hype and dramatise’ says media analyst

Late in September, the newsroom at India Today, a 24-hour news channel based just outside New Delhi, was briefly transformed.

A diorama of the Indian subcontinent filled the centre of the studio; toy models of Indian and Pakistan soldiers were carefully placed over an area labelled Kashmir. TV anchors, one wearing a tactical vest, stood over the board holding croupier’s sticks, ready to plot manoeuvres. A graphic that appeared at top of screen as the scene was broadcast read: “Live: India Today War Room.”

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The financier accused of the killings of two Indonesian women admitted only to manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility

A Cambridge-educated British banker has pleaded not guilty to the murder of two young Indonesian women found dead at his luxury Hong Kong home almost two years ago, blaming a “personality disorder” for the killings.

Rurik Jutting, 31, was arrested in the early hours of 1 November 2014 after he called police to his 31st floor flat in Wanchai, a seedy bar district not far from the former colony’s financial centre.

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Men tell of extreme deprivation during years in the clutches of pirates after their ship was seized in March 2012

One of the 26 sailors freed after being hostage by Somali pirates has revealed the dire conditions they were forced to endure during their ordeal.

Arnel Balbero told the BBC that the group were forced to eat anything they could get their hands on, including rats, and were given only tiny amounts of water.

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Alain Juppé, favourite to be next French president, is one of many prominent figures to speak out against the Le Touquet accord

Calais has become a political battle ground for France, as pressure on politicians to tear up the Le Touquet accord, the deal between France and Britain that keeps border checks on the French side of the Channel, has increased.

Alain Juppé, the current favourite to become the next French president, told the Guardian last week that he wanted to completely renegotiate Le Touquet. “We can’t tolerate what is going on in Calais, the image is disastrous for our country and there are also extremely serious economic and security consequences for the people of Calais,” Juppé said in an interview in Paris.

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A 70,000-signature Amnesty International petition on behalf of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi goes to the Foreign Office on Monday

The families of two British-Iranian dual-nationals jailed in Iran are calling on the UK government to do more to secure their release.

Related: Husband of woman held in Iran urges Cameron to help secure her release

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As French authorities prepare to dismantle the camp that is home to up to 8,000 people, children and young adults are anxious about their next moves

Standing near muddy puddles and tents buffeted by the wind in the squalid shantytown for refugees and migrants in Calais, Aaron, 16, from Eritrea, was frightened.

He knew that something big was about to begin in the fetid, freezing camp that for five months had served as his home. He had heard that the more than 6,000 refugees and migrants sleeping rough here – many hoping to enter the UK – were about to be rounded up by the French government this week, put onto buses and sent across France. He had heard the camp was going to be bulldozed.

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Officials race to process children before clearance of refugee camp begins on Monday

Another 24 refugee children from Calais arrived in the UK on Sunday afternoon as officials race to process as many as possible before demolition of the sprawling camp begins on Monday.

They followed the 54 unaccompanied minors – mostly girls from Eritrea – who were brought to Britain on Saturday night. The children were the first to arrive under the Dubs amendment, the government pledge to help unaccompanied minors, announced to parliament in the summer.

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Banner of the Revolution says it was responsible for murder of brigadier general outside his suburban Cairo home

A little-known Egyptian group has claimed responsibility for the killing of a senior Egyptian army officer outside his suburban Cairo home.

The claim came in a statement by the Banner of the Revolution on social media accounts known to be sympathetic to militant groups. The claim’s authenticity could not be immediately verified.

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Businessman and philanthropist who founded the Three Faiths Forum, a dialogue group of Christians, Muslims and Jews

Sir Sigmund Sternberg, who has died aged 95, was one of Anglo-Jewry’s most active members, present at seemingly any important communal occasion – a banquet addressed by the chief rabbi, a meeting called in honour of an Israeli prime minister, or, most likely of all, representing Britain’s Jews at an interfaith occasion.

At almost every appearance, the decorations he wore seemed to multiply: because of his work for inter-faith relations, he was constantly being presented with medals, from countries ranging from Argentina to Ukraine.

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My father, Brian Beale, who has died aged 88, started with little, but achieved much, eventually running his own business as a manufacturing optician.

Born in Torquay, Devon, to Edna (nee Wallis) and Frank Beale, a musician, Brian was almost christened “Brain” thanks to his mother’s handwriting. Money was tight, and he recalled his parents often going without meals and avoiding the landlord when it was time to pay the rent.

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Nine people were taken to hospital after section of stairs gave way in a house of horrors at Tayto Park in County Meath

A woman has told how she stepped off a theme park staircase in Ireland just moments before it collapsed, sending parents and children crashing to the ground.

A number of people were injured inside the house of horrors attraction at Tayto Park on Saturday night when a section of stairs gave way. Nine were taken to hospital.

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Rory Stewart tells BBC’s Sunday Politics that losing credibility in the Middle East could cause Isis to seek targets elsewhere

Militants from Islamic State could focus on attacking the west if they are pushed out of Mosul, the international development minister, Rory Stewart, has warned, as his department announced £14m in aid to the embattled Iraqi city.

A large contingent of Iraqi troops has been battling Isis for control of Mosul, which the group has held since 2014.

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Hassan Rouhani criticized Clinton and Trump’s ‘accusing and mocking’ behavior during presidential debates, in his first public comment on the US elections

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani on Sunday criticized the US presidential candidates’ behavior during their recent debates.

Related: Hillary Clinton sets sights on Congress as Donald Trump attacks his accusers

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Continuous blasts are heard in an amateur video showing dark smoke rising above the Japanese city of Utsunomiya. One person was killed and at least three were injured by explosions at a park in the city 100km north of Tokyo on Sunday. It was not immediately clear what caused the blasts

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Few industries illustrate the benefits of immigration as clearly as food

The subject has become a key issue in the Brexit debate: who gets in and who has to stay out. And what will Britain look like if we put up insurmountable barriers to people from other countries and cultures who want to live and work here?

The Conservative government has already been tightening up immigration controls for the very people British industries say are most needed – unskilled workers – and is considering a points-based system that would allow only the best-qualified professionals in.

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Thousands of people live on and around the Dhapa landfill in India, where 4,000 tonnes of waste are dumped each day. Many make a living processing the city’s rubbish amid severe pollution, fires – and even dead bodies. So what is life like for its residents?

From Kartik Dhara’s home, the trucks at the top of the garbage mountain look like the toys he sees city children playing with on his rounds of Kolkata. A garbage truck driver in the eastern Indian city, Dhara can’t afford to buy toys for his own children, but he often finds discarded ones where he unloads rubbish every day. “You can find everything there,” he says.

“There are dead babies, there are truckloads of smuggled chocolates or medicines that the excise department finds. I’ve even found money and gold – a lot of gold. What do I do with it? I keep it in my house. When I’m in a time of need, when there’s a big difficulty in my life, I’ll sell it and I’ll use the money.”

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Ciudades ágiles e innovadoras están mejor posicionadas que los gobiernos nacionales –rehenes de la inercia del siglo pasado- para enfrentarse a grandes retos globales, pero la lucha debe empezar ahora, afirma la primera mujer alcaldesa de Barcelona

Todos los grandes retos a escala global -el cambio climático, la economía, la desigualdad, el futuro mismo de la democracia- se resolverán en ciudades. Si los estados quieren tener éxito en sus políticas, las ciudades debemos ser tomadas en cuenta como actores serios en el escenario mundial.

Creo que los gobiernos nacionales son rehenes de la inercia del siglo pasado y ese ya no es el mundo actual. Vivimos en un mundo que funciona por redes, por contactos cada vez más ágiles y rápidos entre ciudades.

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As the fall of the Soviet empire nears its 25th anniversary, Owen Hatherley examines its diverse architecture from imposing Stalinist monsters to communal housing schemes designed to reform (or eliminate) family life

A couple of years after the October revolution of 1917, the painter and sculptor Vladimir Tatlin submitted a proposal for the headquarters of the Communist International, as part of a public sculpture competition. Placed on the banks of the Neva, its towering, tilting steel skeleton would have housed the Comintern in glass volumes whose rotation would symbolise revolution and the dialectic.

The most famous building in the 74-year history of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was never constructed; in fact, it’s unlikely it could ever have been constructed, though today’s technology makes it a lot more plausible than when it was first proposed in the 1910s. As metaphors go, it sums up Soviet state socialism rather neatly. What was actually constructed tells us a great deal as well: a state whose history is far from monolithic, lurching from openness to terror and back, its architecture from mass production to one-off spectacles, and from Russification to intense engagement with local tradition.

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The festival of light in Ecuador’s capital took place during the UN’s Habitat III conference this week, illuminating historic buildings in Quito’s centre

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As a young man, Marcel Gautherot abandoned his architecture studies in Paris to travel the world as a photographer. He became best known for his documentation of the construction of Brazil’s new capital city, Brasília, which can be found in a collection of his work, The Monograph

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Innovative and agile cities are better placed to solve major global challenges than national governments – in thrall to the momentum of the last century – but the fight must start now, argues Barcelona’s first female mayor

All the major global challenges – climate change, the economy, inequality, the very future of democracy – will be solved in cities. If nations want to succeed with their policies, we must be counted as serious actors on the global stage.

I believe national governments are hostages to the momentum of the previous century – but that’s not the real world any more. We live in a world that functions by networking, by faster and more agile contact between cities.

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The UN’s New Urban Agenda calls on nations around the world to create safer, more inclusive and sustainable cities – but a group of countries including Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia successfully excluded LGBTQ rights

“There cannot be a democratic and inclusive city that does not consider LGBTQ groups as first-class citizens, with equal rights and freedoms. It’s an essential issue. It’s not important, it’s essential,” declares Barcelona mayor Ada Colau outside the Habitat III grounds in Quito.

Her statement is in response to the fact that the United Nation’s New Urban Agenda, a manifesto for better cities meant to influence global urban policy, and which is being agreed at the Habitat III conference in Quito this week, has not acknowledged LGBTQ rights. This is not an omission that has gone unnoticed.

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Alrededor de 45,000 personas se reúnen en la capital de Ecuador para la Conferencia de la ONU sobre el futuro de las ciudades. Dentro del recinto, los delegados apoyan una mayor inclusión para la mejora de las ciudades, pero en las calles de Quito, los ciudadanos se sienten excluidos

‘Nuestro barrio no está a la venta’: residentes de Quito luchan para no ser desplazados – en fotos

En un inusual parche de césped en medio de las vertiginosas pendientes de la quebrada del río Machángara, en Quito, Ricardo Buitrón describe los sueños que tiene para el futuro de las ciudades.

“Siempre hemos estado proponiendo nuevos modelos de ciudad – una ciudad para la gente; una ciudad cuyos residentes puedan tener su voz en cuanto a la planificación y organización”.

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Mientras un enorme proyecto vial se planea en la capital ecuatoriana, residentes de Bolaños enfrentan el desplazamiento del barrio que crearon y cuidaron en una escarpada ladera a 2,800 metros sobre el nivel del mar. ¿Los escuchará la ciudad?

El mundo se da cita en Quito para discutir las ciudades, pero ¿están siendo escuchadas las voces locales?

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Cities are like magnets. Without a better model for growth, people will still come – but they will live in awful conditions. This year’s Pritzker prize-winning architect presents his legal, financial and design roadmap to a new urban reality

This week in Quito as many as 45,000 people have gathered for Habitat III, the global UN summit which, every 20 years, resets the world’s urban agenda.

Why should we care? Well, to start with, in the next 20 years, we will witness more than two billion more people moving to cities. Depending on what we do to accommodate them, this could be good – or very bad – news.

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Young Afghan soldiers who have suffered horrific injuries in the war against the Taliban are being left to fend largely for themselves

With glinting cartridge belts slung across his chest in cavalier fashion, Saifur Rahman once posed for the inevitable macho snapshot reprised countless times by each generation of young men sent off to war. It was an image that made his mother proud. The salary Rahman sent home while serving in the Afghan army’s 207 Zafar Corps enabled his family to eat meat three times a week and send two of his younger brothers to school.

Then, on 20 March, the first day of the Afghan new year, Rahman suffered such severe gunshot wounds that he was thrown into the back of a vehicle along with the bodies of colleagues killed in the same ambush. It was only when he was laid out in a row of corpses at a military hospital that he regained consciousness and began to scream. Now, like many thousands of other wounded Afghan soldiers and police, Rahman has returned home changed: the bread-winning hero has become a burden.

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Globally, last year was the deadliest on record for environmental campaigners. States and investors must take steps to tackle this human rights crisis

As demand for food, fuel and commodities cranks up pressure on land, companies are all too often striking deals with state officials without the consent of the people who live on it. But the stakes are high for anyone who tries to resist this pressure. Last year was the deadliest on record in terms of defending land, forests and rivers against industries like mining, hydro-electricity, agribusiness and logging. According to Global Witness, more than three people were killed each week in 2015 by police, private security or hired assassins.

At the UN general assembly on Friday, I will present a report setting out the vital steps that governments, companies and investors must take to tackle and end this hidden crisis.

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Inaugural global youth development index identifies sub-Saharan region as worst in world for young people on health, education and employment

Kenya has made the greatest strides in improving the conditions of young people over the past five years, according to a new index of global youth development.

Together with four other sub-Saharan countries – South Africa, Niger, Togo and Malawi – Kenya made the largest gains globally across a range of criteria, from health to political participation. However, sub-Saharan Africa still trailed all other regions in the global youth development index, produced by the Commonwealth and covering 183 countries.

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Exclusive: Nine out of 10 migrants seen by psychologists showed anxiety or depression symptoms caused by rape, assault or kidnapping, MSF survey finds

Central American migrants are suffering from record levels of mental health problems, amid a rise in violent attacks after a US-sponsored immigration crackdown forced them to use more perilous routes through Mexico.

Two-thirds of migrants interviewed at shelters across the country reported suffering at least one violent attack – such as assault, rape or kidnapping – during their journey, according to a survey conducted by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and shared exclusively with the Guardian.

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A digital literacy programme is helping women and girls in Kenya to learn new skills and earn extra income, irrespective of age or education level

Under the scorching afternoon sun, at a village in a sugar-cane growing region of western Kenya, 60-year old Mary Namukholi carefully places bunches of green bananas beside an old bicycle outside her home.

After greeting five neighbours who have been awaiting her arrival for an hour, she enters her one-bedroom, iron-roofed house. She takes a laptop from a polythene bag, wipes it and connects it to a desktop printer.

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Daline, 10, from Yaoundé, loves learning. Safeguarding her development, and that of 65 million other girls of her age, could shape the world, claims a new study

Ten-year-old Daline enjoys reading, dancing and using her mother’s make up. And she loves school. Her favourite subject is chemistry.

“When I was at primary school, my favourite subject was history,” she says. “But now that I am at secondary school, my new favourite subject is chemistry because it is easy to understand, because chemicals are easy to make, and because I love science.”

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Protests by the Oromo ethnic group have led to spiralling violence and a crackdown on dissent that risks long-term instability

Near a sacred volcanic lake for the Oromo people in the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu, a boisterous crowd seized an unusual opportunity to chant anti-government slogans during their annual Irreecha cultural celebration.

Disregarding the Oromo officials and traditional leaders at the 2 October ceremony, the youthful protesters crossed their arms in a symbol of defiance and edged forward towards police armed with batons. In a defining moment for the Oromo resistance, one man got on stage, grabbed the microphone and sent the thousands in the audience into fever pitch as he led a chant.

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Associated Press photographer Felipe Dana has captured the love of families for their babies born with microcephaly – one of the medical problems caused by the Zika virus – in Recife, Pernambuco state, in Brazil. He used instant film so they could immediately see the portraits and keep the prints

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The Democratic candidate visited 122 countries and faced crises in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria but insiders say she defies easy categorisation as a hawk or dove

One of the first major tasks Hillary Clinton performed on becoming secretary of state was managing Washington’s “reset” with Moscow. In March 2009, at a meeting in Zurich with the Russian foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, she had the idea of symbolising the moment with a gift: a red plastic button set in a yellow box the two diplomats could press together.

Related: Hillary Clinton speech to attack Donald Trump's 'dangerous' foreign policy plans

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As the toxic symbol of Europe’s migrant crisis is demolished, the personal tragedies continue for the thousands involved

Some refugees have already left. But not to go where they wanted: not across the Channel to Britain, which they believed would offer sanctuary. Instead, they have headed along the French coast, others south towards Paris and some down towards Italy.

As dawn breaks over northern France on Monday, demolition will begin at the sprawling camp on the outskirts of Calais, home to up to 10,000 refugees, including an estimated 1,300 lone children. Sixty buses are scheduled to arrive to take away 3,000 people, scattering them to accommodation centres throughout France. The exercise is expected to be repeated on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Each debate was mired with heated exchanges over controversies about each candidate, with discussions on their policies peppered in between

Seventy million Americans tuned in to watch the last of the presidential debates on Wednesday, which saw both candidates clash over abortion, gun rights, immigration and foreign policy.

Each of the three debates was mired with heated exchanges over the series of controversies that have surfaced about each candidate throughout this electoral cycle, with discussions on their policies peppered in between.

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The vote of the electoral college is conclusive, legal experts say, and it’s irrelevant whether the loser concedes or not

Donald Trump’s refusal to say whether he would accept the outcome of next month’s US presidential election if he were to lose is unprecedented and chilling, legal experts have said.

But although the failure by a major party nominee to concede defeat on election night would throw American democracy into uncharted territory, from a legal standpoint, it would hardly make a difference, experts from across the political spectrum said.

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Previous presidents have used a ‘blind trust’ to manage their assets while in office, but experts see numerous holes in this solution for the businessman

Donald Trump has boasted of being the law and order candidate, but legal scholars and ex-government ethics officials have warned against what they see as his cavalier attitude toward potential conflicts of interest and the rule of law, based on the Republican presidential nominee’s rhetoric and policy stances.

Specifically, ethics and legal scholars say that Trump’s notion of creating a supposed “blind trust” for his businesses, if he becomes president, that would let his children run the Trump Organization without an independent trustee is risible. Trump told Fox News last month: “I will sever my connections and I’ll have my children and my executives run the company, and I wouldn’t discuss it with them.”

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Philippines president cements ‘pivot to China’ on trip but his ministers deny a breakup with the US, leaving some to wonder if he can be trusted

The Philippines’ president, Rodrigo Duterte, jetted into Beijing this week telling journalists “only China can help us” – and help it did.

The 71-year-old populist was set to return from his four-day state visit on Friday having secured a reported $13.5bn (£11bn) in deals and a lucrative new alliance with the Asian giant.

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The Republican presidential nominee used a Pew study and news reports to talk about how the election is ‘rigged’ against him, but he omitted a lot of context

“The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary – but also at many polling places – SAD.” 16 October, Twitter

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The fleet led by the Admiral Kuznetsov on its way to Syria is not a strategic game-changer but could strengthen Russia’s hand

Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, is widely seen as being eager to establish some military facts on the ground before Barack Obama leaves the White House and is potentially replaced by the more hawkish Hillary Clinton.

In the case of the naval taskforce heading towards the eastern Mediterranean, that means establishing a presence in the water off Syria.

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Donald Trump has called on his supporters to monitor polling stations, raising concerns of voter intimidation, which international observers will watch for

For months, Donald Trump has repeatedly issued dark warnings of a “rigged” and “stolen” election. This week he went further, claiming that votes cast by undocumented immigrants led to Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 and that 1.8 million dead people would vote in this election for “somebody else”.

Related: Donald Trump says he'll keep country 'in 'suspense' on accepting election result

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Alan Yuhas checks the statements made by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during the third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas

“We will have a second amendment that is a very small replica of what it is now” in a Clinton administration

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The Democratic presidential candidate is asked about hacked emails released by WikiLeaks on Saturday, from the personal account of her top campaign official. The emails were stolen as part of high-profile computer hacks of Democratic targets, that US intelligence officials say were orchestrated by Russia, with the intent to influence the 8 November election

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Jessica Drake, 42, a porn star and sex educator, accuses the presidential hopeful of ‘uncontrollable misogyny’. Accompanied by lawyer Gloria Allred at a press conference in Los Angeles, Drake says that during a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe ‘10 years ago’, Trump ‘grabbed’ her and two other unnamed women tightly and kissed them on the lips ‘without asking permission’

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Canada’s trade minister, Chrystia Freeland, speaking from Brussels on Saturday says it is up to the EU to resolve the problems with the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta). All 28 EU governments support the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, but Belgium cannot support the deal without backing from its five sub-federal administrations, and French-speaking Wallonia has steadfastly opposed it

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Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, took a rare swipe at First Lady, Michelle Obama, in North Carolina on Friday. Michelle Obama currently leads the popularity polls, ahead of her husband and the two presidential nominees. Trump complained that ‘all she wants to do is campaign’. He then accused her of attacking Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primaries

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says on Friday that the Philippine president’s shift towards closer relations with China after decades of a pro-US foreign policy was driven by hatred for Barack Obama and the United States. Speaking in North Carolina on Friday, Trump said that the Philippines is an important ally, which the US is likely to lose to Russia and China

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Asma al-Assad gave a rare television interview on 18 October, saying she had refused offers of asylum for her and her children. The Syrian first lady, who grew up in west London and moved to the Middle East shortly before marrying Bashar al-Assad in December 2000, sounded defiant in her interview, condemning western sanctions and media coverage of the war in Syria.

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Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian trade minister, says it is impossible to come to an agreement over a trade deal with the EU. Freeland walked out of talks in Namur on Friday after the Belgian region of Wallonia blocked Belgium’s government from signing the deal

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