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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:
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.
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.
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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German chancellor tells election rally in Munich that Europe must take its fate into its own hands after âunsatisfactoryâ G7 talks
Europe can no longer completely rely on its traditional British and American allies, Angela Merkel has warned, saying the EU must now be prepared to âtake its fate into its own handsâ.
Speaking after bruising meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, the German chancellor suggested the postwar western alliance had been badly undermined by the UKâs Brexit vote and Donald Trumpâs election. Continue reading...
The death toll in Marawi city, where martial law has been imposed, stands at 85, with Islamic State claiming responsibility
Fears are growing that a violent attempt by local militants to seize a city in the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, marks the beginning of a wider attempt by Islamic State to open a new south-east Asian front in its campaign of global jihad.
Latest reports on Sunday from Marawi city, capital of the majority Muslim Lanao del Sur province, said 19 civilians had been killed by Islamist militants locked in street battles with security forces. The dead included three women and a child, officials said. Continue reading...
French president says his white-knuckle prolonged handshake with US counterpart was designed to show heâs no pushover
As handshakes go, it was unusually intense: a fierce and protracted mano a mano of white knuckles, crunched bones, tightened jaws and fixed smiles that sent the internet and the worldâs media into a spin.
It was also, Emmanuel Macron has revealed, entirely intentional. At his first major appearance on the world stage, the 39-year-old French president displayed a relaxed confidence and steely purpose that altogether belied his youth and inexperience. Continue reading...
Relatives of people killed in attack on bus convoy say state of emergency in country has been undermined
Egyptâs Coptic Christians have accused the government of failing to protect them in the wake of an attack claimed by Islamic State on a bus convoy that killed at least 29 people and injured about 20 more.
Relatives of some of those killed said the attack, which occurred after a group of gunmen stopped a convoy headed for the Saint Samuel monastery close to the southern Egyptian town of Minya, undermines the state of emergency in Egypt declared after a previous attack in April. Continue reading...
Methods used in ransomware attack on NHS and in up to 100 countries similar to those used by Pyongyang in the past, says Michael Chertoff
North Korea may have been behind the ransomware cyber-attack on the NHS and up to 100 countries as well as the UK, a former head of the US Department of Homeland Security has claimed.
Michael Chertoff, who served under George W Bush from 2005 to 2009, said that agents or allies of the Pyongyang regime are the most likely suspects for the hacking of the health serviceâs administration system in the UK and state infrastructures across the globe this month. Continue reading...
John Kelly says terrorists are âobsessedâ with downing a plane, âparticularly if itâs a US carrier, particularly if itâs full of mostly US folksâ
The Trump administration is considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the US, homeland security secretary John Kelly said on Sunday.
Kelly, a retired general, was asked on Fox News Sunday if he would expand an existing ban to cover laptops on all international flights into and out of the US. Continue reading...
Economic and political chaos left in wake of Gaddafiâs fall provide ideal opportunity for militant groups to gain traction
The visit of Peter Millett, the British ambassador to Tripoli, was eventful. From early Friday morning, parts of the capital had echoed to exchanges of gunfire between two of the armed factions fighting for control of the city. At around 10am, Millett took to Twitter to report hearing âexplosions and artillery fireâ.
The ambassadorâs inadvertent venture into frontline reporting underlined the gulf between todayâs reality and the hopes for Libya in 2011 when Colonel Muammar Gaddafi â who had ruled since 1969 â was ousted by rebels with the support of Nato airpower. Continue reading...
Pentagon says P-3 Orion was buzzed over South China Sea, but defence ministry in Beijing says its fighters flew safely
Two Chinese fighter jets buzzed a US navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 180 metres (200 yards) of the American aircraft, according to US officials.
The officials said initial reports showed that the US P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 150 miles (240km) south-east of Hong Kong in international airspace when the Chinese aircraft carried out the âunsafeâ intercept. One Chinese aircraft flew in front of the American plane, restricting its ability to manoeuvre. Continue reading...
A new law makes the South American country the first in the world to sell the drug over the counter
Alicia Castilla was watering the plants in her garden on a quiet Sunday afternoon when five police patrol cars screeched to a halt outside her home. A team of 14 officers âarmed to the teethâ stormed through her gate and arrested the mild-mannered, 66-year-old intellectual. They seized everything they could find: computers, her mobile phone, books, even an orange squeezer.
They also impounded the 29 cannabis plants she was watering and 24g of marijuana they found in her possession. She was taken to a police station where she spent the night handcuffed to a bench. âThey treated me like the female version of Pablo Escobar,â Castilla told the Observer. But far from resembling the infamous Colombian drug lord who inspired the 2015 Netflix series Narcos, Castilla was a peace-loving, grey-haired author whose book Cultura Cannabis had become an unexpected bestseller. Like many Argentinian sexagenarians, she had recently retired to nearby Uruguay. The seized plants were for her personal use. âI make a living writing about marijuana, not selling it.â Continue reading...
- Sheriffâs deputy and two boys among dead in three rural homes
- Man named as suspect describes actions to local newspaper
Authorities in Mississippi said a suspect was in custody after eight people including two boys and a sheriffâs deputy were shot dead.
Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) spokesman Warren Strain said the shootings happened at three homes on Saturday night in rural Lincoln County. Two of the homes were in Brookhaven and one was in Bogue Chitto, about 68 miles south of Jackson, the state capital. Continue reading...
Little-known former House of Commons speaker, 38, edges out former foreign minister Maxime Bernier in fierce contest to become party leader
Canadaâs official opposition Conservatives on Saturday chose a little-known, 38-year-old leader to fight a 2019 election against Justin Trudeau, the Liberal prime minister, but only after a fierce contest that revealed internal divisions.
On the 13th and final round of balloting, many more than political observers predicted, former House of Commons speaker Andrew Scheer edged out ex-foreign minister and favourite Maxime Bernier by 51%t to 49%. Continue reading...
Fresh wave of airstrikes ordered in retaliation for killing of Coptic Christians south of Cairo
Egypt launched a fresh wave of air strikes against Libyan terrorist bases on Saturday in response to the killing of 29 Coptic Christians south of Cairo, with a warning of further retaliation possible.
The airstrikes follow six bombing raids in Libya that hit the north-eastern coastal town of Derna on Friday, with Cairo officials saying bombs struck terrorist training camps of the Shura Council, aligned with al-Qaida. Continue reading...
We take the temperature of five of Europeâs key economies now that political threats appear to have diminished
What a difference a few months make. As 2017 opened, eurozone politicians still raw from the shock of the Brexit vote and Donald Trumpâs presidential triumph were nervously awaiting elections in the Netherlands and France.
They feared that discontent would propel the populist wave into the heart of Europe and usher in far-right, anti-euro leaders. In the event, the predicted surge for Dutch populist Geert Wilders failed to materialise and in France, Front National candidate Marine Le Pen was decisively beaten by pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron. Continue reading...
IT systems âhitâ after prime minister took on central European role
The embattled Maltese government has claimed that it has come under attack from a Russian-backed campaign to undermine it, amid worsening relations with the Kremlin.
Malta assumed the presidency of Europeâs Council of Ministers in January, an important position under which it chairs high-level meetings in Brussels and sets Europeâs political agenda. Since then, the Maltese governmentâs IT systems have seen a rise in attacks, according to a source working within its information technology agency, a government body. He claimed the attacks, which have increased ahead of next monthâs general election, are designed to damage the government. âIn the last two quarters of last year and the first part of this year, attacks on our servers have increased,â the source said. Continue reading...
A papal audience for families affected by the inherited brain disease could end centuries of stigma â and open vital doors in the search for a cure
It was with the pomp and intrigue of a Dan Brown novel that earlier this month Pope Francis made his way into the Aula Paolo VI audience hall, a room the size of an aeroplane hangar in Vatican City. Flanked by the flamboyant Swiss Guard and dark-suited men muttering into earpieces, he headed for an oversized chair on a stage in front of nearly 2,000 people. Many applauded, most gawped in disbelief.
The pope was there to do something no other world leader has done before. He was meeting people with Huntingtonâs disease, a rare and incurable neurological disorder that has long been shrouded in shame and discrimination. Itâs a genetic disease that runs in families. It causes involuntary jerky movements and can make people depressed or aggressive, symptoms that can leave them socially isolated, thanks in part to a historic misunderstanding. Continue reading...
- Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, charged with murder by Portland police
- Men were trying to stop the attacker from harassing two Muslim women
Two men were fatally stabbed in Portland, Oregon on Friday after they came to the aid of two women who were being harassed because they appeared to be Muslim, police said.
On Saturday, Portland police named the suspect as Jeremy Joseph Christian and said he was being held without bail at the Multnomah County jail. Continue reading...
Suspicions fall on homegrown guerrilla group after attack on ex-prime minister as he was being driven home in Athens
Greek security officials are scrutinising courier and postal services after a letter bomb attack on Thursday that left former prime minister Lucas Papademos in hospital.
Papademos, who underwent surgery after sustaining injuries to his leg, stomach and chest, opened the envelope as he was being driven home in Athens. Two Bank of Greece employees were also wounded. Continue reading...
Prisoners led by Marwan Barghouti halt protest as Israel announces it will allow a second family visit each month
A mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has been called to an end after 41 days as Israel offered a compromise deal to meet some of the strikersâ demands.
The deal â on the eve of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting â means approximately 800 prisoners, led by the prominent Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti, will give up their protest in exchange for improved visitation rights. Continue reading...
IT glitch affected more than 1,000 flights over weekend meaning people missed holidays, lost luggage or were stranded on aircraft
British Airways could face a bill of at least ÂŁ100m in compensation, additional customer care and lost business resulting from an IT meltdown that affected more than 1,000 flights over the weekend.
All the airlineâs flights from Heathrow and Gatwick were grounded on Saturday. Services resumed on Sunday but cancellations and delays delays persisted with about 200 BA flights in and out of Heathrow cancelled on Sunday, according to Guardian calculations. There were no cancellations at Gatwick but some passengers experienced delays. Continue reading...
Retired general indicates aggressive turn in Iraq and Syria, saying âintention is that foreign fighters do not surviveâ and âcivilian casualties are a fact of lifeâ
Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Sunday the US had âacceleratedâ its tactics against the Islamic State, moving from a policy of âattritionâ to one of âannihilationâ.
Related: Armed police carry out fresh raid in Manchester amid report of explosion Continue reading...
Desperate for affordable housing, residents of South Africaâs second city have taken over a nursesâ home and a hospital â and drawn attention to how the countryâs troubled history makes gentrification even more damaging
Glitzy shopping arcades. Fine alfresco dining. A world class aquarium. A recently opened five-star hotel in a grain silo converted by Thomas Heatherwickâs studio, offering guests views of the harbour and Table Mountain through bulging âpillowed glass windowsâ. Those in the penthouse suite have paid the equivalent of up to ÂŁ8,000 a night for the experience, dependent on the season.
This is Cape Townâs V&A Waterfront. One of South Africaâs most visited attractions, more than 24 million people flock to the centrally located harbour every year. But tourists neednât wander far to be met with a grittier scene. Behind Somerset hospital â a historic public facility in neighbouring Green point which dates back to 1862 â large painted banners emblazoned âReclaim the Cityâ call for an end of segregation. Continue reading...
After last yearâs landmark peace deal with the Colombian government, thousands of demobilised Farc guerrillas are set to descend on Cali. But with drug gangs offering high salaries, is this already violent city on the brink of chaos?
Rubiel Idarraga expects an ambush. To avoid it, he rarely travels at night, varies his route to work, and often checks in with his neighbours to make sure nobody is watching his house. As a construction worker in Cali, Colombia, his fear might seem unfounded â except that he says people have already tried to murder him for his past crimes.
Idarraga is one of around 1,400 former Farc guerrillas who left it behind for a civilian existence in Cali. After the landmark peace accord between the government and the Farc in 2016, he is set to be joined by potentially thousands more, who have disarmed and are waiting in temporary camps. Continue reading...
The 2015 warehouse explosion in Tianjin was one of the worst manmade disasters in Chinese history â and exposed the darker side of rapid urbanisation
It was almost midnight on a summer Wednesday in 2015 when Hu Xiumin was jolted awake by a loud noise. Her apartment building in the affluent Harbour City development was shaking violently. She ran from the bedroom to find her husband standing in the study, looking out of the window.
From here they could see out over the port of Tianjin; one of the warehouses was on fire. They backed away from the window just moments before the warehouse exploded in one of the worst manmade disasters in Chinaâs history. Continue reading...
Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and other G7 leaders meet in Taormina this week. How is the already tourist-choked town preparing â and can it cope?
Tucked away on a natural terrace between rocks and water in Sicilyâs east coast, the historic town of Taormina is gaining international prestige as it prepares for an upcoming global event.
The small coastal town, which sits on a hill 206 metres above sea level overlooking Mount Etna, has always attracted visitors. It was once described by Ernest Hemingway as being so pretty âit hurts to lookâ at it. Celebrities such as Ava Gardner and celebrated writers like DH Lawrence were drawn to Taormina and its ancient ruins â the theatre overlooking the sea dates back to the third century BC. Now, itâs such a mass-market tourist destination that the town has almost lost its original charm. Continue reading...
Seoulâs ambitious Skygarden revives a disused elevated 1970s highway with 24,000 plants â and is open to all, 24 hours a day
Stop me if youâve heard this before. The ambitious mayor of a big city backs a project to put a garden on a bridge. A celebrated designer is appointed and seductive images released. It gets compared to the High Line in New York â that urban phenomenon envied as much by rival cities as the Eiffel Tower once was. It provokes controversy.
This much the Skygarden in Seoul has in common with the Garden Bridge in London, but then their stories diverge. Where the London version has foundered, the Korean one will be opened this Saturday by mayor Park Won-soon, a former activist who built his career on opposing both corruption and the conservative establishment, and supporting human rights. Continue reading...
The bikes designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde would suck in polluted air, using positive ionisation to purify it, before releasing it back into the atmosphere
Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has announced the next phase of his Smog Free Project: a bike that sucks in polluted air and releases purified air in a cloud around the cyclist.
According to Roosegaarde, whose design firm Studio Roosegaarde has offices in both Rotterdam and Beijing, the idea for his Smog Free Project came just over three years ago, as he gazed out of his Beijing apartmentâs window. On a Saturday, the city skyline is visible; on weekdays, itâs shrouded in smog. Continue reading...
When Mexican drug cartels threatened the countryâs $1.5bn avocado export industry with extortion and murder, farmers in TancĂtaro decided to fight back
Javier is finally starting to feel safe. A gruff 46-year-old avocado grower with a laugh like an idling Harley-Davidson, Javier still remembers the gruesome reports of cartel gunmen kidnapping and killing a neighbourâs daughter, torching a local avocado packaging facility and murdering a pregnant schoolteacher. But the memories are starting to fade.
TancĂtaro, the world capital of avocado production, has finally achieved a semblance of stability. It has been over two years since the last pitched battles between vigilante fighters and cartel gunmen on the outskirts. Families whose orchards were seized by cartel gunmen are now running their farms again. âThe government doesnât rule here. But itâs under control. You can relax,â he says. Continue reading...
The economic fates of diverse cities such as San Francisco, New York and Detroit would seem to be vastly different â but they share a common thread
Over the last half-century, the story of Americaâs cities is a tale of booms and busts. New York and tech hubs like San Francisco â once cities in financial distress â have transformed into economic powerhouses. At the other extreme, one-time prosperous manufacturing cities like Detroit now find themselves in economic turmoil.
Viewed in isolation, the economic fates of these cities would seem to bear little resemblance to each other. However, they all share a common thread: since 1970 these cities, like nearly every other major American city, have experienced a âhollowing outâ of the middle class. Continue reading...
The so-called âmunicipal brothelâ opening today isnât quite that â but rather a city council initiative to enable prostitutes to run their own brothel in a bid to improve work conditions
In a bid to improve working conditions in the cityâs sex industry, a brothel run by prostitutes themselves will be opened today by the mayor of Amsterdam.
An initiative of the city council, the new brothel occupies 14 âwindowsâ across four buildings on the so-called Wallen, Amsterdamâs red light district. About 40 sex workers will be able to operate out of the premises, which are being run by a foundation called My Red Light, in which prostitutes take an active part. Continue reading...
The coastal home of Tsingtao beer is building the worldâs largest movie production facility, with the latest Pacific Rim film blockbuster now wrapping up shooting. Is one of Chinaâs most liveable cities about to become less so?
Thereâs a little piece of Qingdao in most Chinese restaurants around the world. Under the romanised name of Tsingtao, those emerald bottles are usually the native beer option on the menu â a legacy of the brief German occupation of this coastal city lying halfway between Shanghai and Beijing. Now home to around 9 million people, making it 20th on Chinaâs jostling roster of urban centres, its quirky architecture and relative lack of crowding supposedly make it one of the countryâs most âliveableâ cities.
Make no mistake, though, Qingdao is growing. Itâs one of the biggest ports in China, and is one of the top 10 busiest in the world. Now the focus is on the construction of the Qingdao Movie Metropolis in Huangdao district: a massive film-production facility and theme park that is hoped will make the city, in the words of the giant hĂ nzi on the overlooking hill, âMovie Metropolis of the Eastâ. Continue reading...
From its first episode in 2002, the HBO TV drama documented the poverty, politics and policing of a city. We visit its memorable locations and talk to the people trying to rebuild scarred communities
âą See more of JM Giordanoâs photographs of Baltimore locations used in The Wire here
In black jacket, checked shirt and white trainers, eight-year-old DâAngelo Preston is riding his bike while his sister, Alicia, 11, gives chase. They are playing outside the Baltimore Montessori public charter school, where they would be pupils if they had the chance. âTheir teachers donât yell at them,â says Alicia matter-of-factly. âTheir teachers let them do whatever they want.â
Alicia aims to be a maths teacher when she grows up; DâAngelo wants to be a professional football player. They live barely a minuteâs walk from the Montessori school but, having lost an enrolment lottery, instead take a daily bus to Dallas F Nicholas elementary school, which has fewer resources. The siblingsâ father, Shawn Preston, 38, a mechanic, says: âIt has a good reputation and I wish more local kids could go. I tried to send Alicia but they told me it was all filled up. I was disappointed. I thought they could have got her in there somehow: weâre in the neighbourhood.â Continue reading...
Dramatic operations undertaken throughout Manchester by officers investigating bombing of Manchester Arena concert by Salman Abedi
Armed police have arrested a 19-year-old man in a raid of the former home of the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi.
Residents described their houses shaking and hearing a loud blast as officers forced their way into the semi-detached property in Searby Road in the Gorton area of Manchester at about 7pm on Sunday. Abedi was listed at the property along with his older brother, Ismail. Ismail Abedi was arrested shortly after the terror attack on Monday and remains in police custody. Continue reading...
Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in Zambia
âIâd like to be a doctor,â says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems unlikely to become a reality.
Kabwe is the worldâs most toxic town, according to pollution experts, where mass lead poisoning has almost certainly damaged the brains and other organs of generations of children â and where children continue to be poisoned every day. Continue reading...
MartĂn MĂ©ndez Pineda thought the US would protect him after months of threats, but instead found conditions worse than what he was aiming to escape
When Mexican journalist MartĂn MĂ©ndez Pineda walked across the border bridge to El Paso in February, he thought he would finally be safe.
After months of threats and harassment from corrupt police officers, which forced him to abandon his job and family in Acapulco, MĂ©ndez sought asylum in the US. Continue reading...
A landmark judgment reflects how quickly attitudes can change â but usually thanks to campaigners who persist against the odds
The crowd in Taipei on Wednesday was not huge; a few hundred people. But the joy and relief on their faces radiated around the world. The constitutional court had just ruled in favour of allowing same-sex marriage, in Asiaâs first such judgment. The legislature now has two years to amend the civil code, which defines marriage as occurring solely between a man and woman, or pass laws addressing the issue. If it does not, same sex-couples will be able to wed anyway.
The news was all the more welcome given its backdrop. Just last week, in Asia alone, a South Korean army captain was sentenced for having sex with other servicemen following what campaigners describe as a witch hunt by the military, while in Aceh, Indonesia, two men were caned publicly for consensual gay sex. It is a matter of weeks since reports emerged of a horrifying anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya, involving well over a hundred men, some of whom are believed to have been killed. Continue reading...
Only the Greens have so far endorsed the resolution of a meeting of 250 delegates in Uluru to seek constitutional change
Richard Di Natale is the only leader of the three major parties to support the call from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders for Australiaâs constitution to be reformed to enshrine an Indigenous voice in parliament.
A meeting of more than 250 delegates at Uluru last week rejected the idea of constitutional recognition, saying instead they wanted a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous voice in parliament and a commission that would work on securing a treaty. Continue reading...
Decision by parade to honor Oscar LĂłpez Rivera, a controversial nationalist hero, stirs anger â and overshadows one of Americaâs biggest annual gatherings
In one of his last acts as president, Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Oscar LĂłpez Rivera, a leader of the violent extremist group that took credit for more than 100 bombingsof US targets in the 1970s and 80s in a campaign for Puerto Rican independence.
Related: Puerto Rico files for bankruptcy in last-ditch attempt to sustain public services Continue reading...
Official death toll from week of fighting rises to at least 85 as militants clash with security forces in Muslim-majority city
Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85.
The violence prompted the president, Rodrigo Duterte, to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat of militants linked to the Islamic State group. Continue reading...
Taronga zoo trumpets its newest delivery, a Asian elephant calf, who has made his public debut under the watchful eye of his mother Pak Boon and fellow elephants. The 130kg calf was born Friday morning following his motherâs 22-month pregnancy, and is the first arrival of his kind in nearly seven years Continue reading...
Hundreds of flights at the two airports have been affected, with more around the world suffering major delays
British Airways cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday due to a major IT failure causing severe disruption to its global operations that is expected to run into Sunday.
The airline said its terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick became âextremely congestedâ due to the computer problems. It decided to cancel all flights from both airports before 6pm UK time on Saturday, then extended this to include all the dayâs remaining flights from the UKâs largest two airports. Continue reading...
The Sierra Ricardo Franco park was meant to be a conservation area protecting rare wildlife
To understand why the Brazilian government is deliberately losing the battle against deforestation, you need only retrace the bootmarks of the Edwardian explorer Percy Fawcett along the Amazonian border with Bolivia.
During a failed attempt to cross a spectacular tabletop plateau here in 1906, the adventurer nearly died on the first of his many trips to South America. Back then, the area was so far from human habitation, the foliage so dense and the terrain so steep that Fawcett and his party came close to starvation. Continue reading...
With visitor numbers rising and hotel chains circling, Iran is reinventing itself â but the change is too fast for some
Standing in the blue-tiled shadows of one of Iranâs greatest mosques, armed with a dish of sesame caramel snacks, Mohammed Reza Zamani is a cleric on a mission to repair the countryâs image in the west, one tourist at a time.
âFree Friendly Talksâ a billboard announces in English, at the entrance to a historic religious seminary-turned-museum, in the central city of Isfahan, a former imperial capital so beautiful that even today Iranians describe the city as âhalf the worldâ. Continue reading...
A new report explores the dichotomy between the millions of empty bedrooms across the country and the many families struggling to live in cramped spaces
In their bid to temper Canadaâs overheated housing markets â some of which rank among the worldâs least affordable â authorities in the country have slapped taxes on some foreign buyers and taken aim at vacant homes.
Now one group of analysts is recasting the crisis in a new light; exploring the dichotomy between the millions of empty bedrooms across the country and the many families struggling to live in cramped accommodation. Continue reading...
âIf you had raped three, I will admit it, thatâs on meâ Philippines president tells soldiers on Mindanao island where he has imposed martial law
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it.
Duterte is notorious for comments often deemed offensive and made the remark as a joke, reiterating that only he would be liable for any backlash over military rule on southern Mindanao island. He has, however, said he would not tolerate abuses. Continue reading...
Li Ming-che, a 42-year-old NGO worker known for supporting human rights, went missing in mysterious circumstances in China on 19 March
A Taiwan rights activist who was secretly detained in China in March has been officially arrested on suspicion of subversion, charges Taiwan said were vague and unconvincing.
The case has strained already poor relations between China and Taiwan, which have cooled since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, because she refuses to concede that the self-ruled island is part of China. Continue reading...
UN-appointed mediator terminates negotiations, citing lack of common ground, but organisation insists âtalks have not collapsedâ
The best hope yet of reuniting war-partitioned Cyprus has been dashed after reconciliation attempts were brought to an abrupt halt following two years of intense negotiations.
The optimism engendered by talks seen as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unite the Mediterranean island ended when the United Nations special envoy, Espen Barth Eide, announced that he was terminating negotiation efforts. Continue reading...
Journalist Raimundos Oki calls it an honest mistake, the PM says it was defamation, and a young democracy is tested
âIf the court wants to send me to jail, I wonât be happy but I have to be brave. I will accept the final decision. Iâm ready to be in prison if the court maybe wants to put me in the prison.â
Raimundos Oki, a 32-year-old journalist, is standing in the small offices of the Timor Post, in Timor-Lesteâs capital Dili, exasperated with his government. Continue reading...
Children among dead and at least 22 wounded in gun attack on convoy headed to monastery in Minya province
Egypt has carried out airstrikes in Libya after at least 26 people, including children, were killed and 25 wounded in a gun attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo, the latest in a series of terrorist incidents targeting the religious minority.
Local media reported witnesses saying that between eight and 10 gunmen, dressed in military uniform, carried out the attack. Egyptâs interior ministry said the attackers, travelling in four-wheel-drives, âfired indiscriminatelyâ at a car, bus and a truck in the al-Idwah district outside Minya, about 135 miles (220km) south of Cairo. Continue reading...
Islamism is rising across Indonesia, where a toxic mix of religion and political opportunism has been percolating for some time
It was the young who came first to Indonesiaâs public caning of gay men. They arrived on motorbikes and on foot, from nearby boarding houses and two universities, some skipping class and the others using up their holidays. An announcement was made barring children under 18, but some stayed anyway, reluctant to break up a family outing.
By 10am on Tuesday, a 1,000-strong crowd had congealed at the Syuhada mosque plaza in Banda Aceh. As someone sang a stirring Qurâanic hymn to inaugurate the ceremony, a verse about how God created man and woman in couples, young men were perched in the trees, on trucks, and all the balconies across the street. Girls huddled between jasmine bushes. Continue reading...
Disagreements with US are so fundamental that Sicily summit might not be able to issue communique
Divisions between Donald Trump and other members of the G7 at the summit in Sicily have become so broad and deep that they may be forced to issue a brief leadersâ statement rather than a full communique, dashing Italian hopes of engineering a big step forward on migration and famine.
With the US president apparently reluctant to compromise with European leaders over climate change, trade and migration, the European council president, Donald Tusk, was forced to admit on Friday that this would be the most challenging G7 summit in years and there was a risk of events spiralling out of control. Continue reading...
Hardline groups said sculpture of woman holding sword and scales outside supreme court was example of idol worship
A statue of Lady Justice has been removed from the supreme court building in the Bangladeshi capital after objections from Islamist groups.
The sculpture, by the local artist Mrinal Haque, was installed in front of the court in December, and depicts a woman in a sari clutching a sword and scales, similar to the traditional depiction of the Greek goddess Themis. Continue reading...
Esteban Navarro, who wrote novel about corruption set in his own station, said to be under investigation over social media use
A Spanish police officer who has written 10 thrillers is being investigated over allegations that he is damaging the forceâs reputation and using his day job to promote his books.
Esteban Navarro, an officer in Huesca in the north-eastern region of AragĂłn, recently published a novel about a gang of corrupt police officers set in his own station. Continue reading...
The French comic artist Emma illustrates the concept of the âmental loadâ. When a man expects his partner to ask him to do things, he is viewing her as the manager of their household chores Continue reading...
European council leader says he was surprised by US presidentâs comments on Brexit at G7 meeting
The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, has claimed he convinced Donald Trump that Brexit is an âincident not a trendâ and that the EU27 is more united than ever.
Speaking at a press conference at the G7 meeting in Sicily, Tusk said he was buoyed by a positive conversation with Trump, who has previously suggested other EU countries might follow Britainâs lead. Continue reading...
Voters in France chose Emmanuel Macron to be their next president. Find out where his vote was strongest, and which regions favoured his opponent, the Front Nationalâs Marine Le Pen Continue reading...
Viktor Orban calls on Hungarians to have more children at summit for World Congress of Families, dubbed hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center
Hungaryâs rightwing government has opened a potential new front in its war of words with Brussels by hosting a lavish international gathering for an American Christian organisation that has been accused of being anti-LGBT hate group with links to the Kremlin.
The 11th World Congress of Families (WCF) summit meeting kicked off in Budapest on Thursday with a typically pugnacious speech by Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, who accused the European Union of being dominated by a ârelativising liberal ideology thatâs an insult to familiesâ. Continue reading...
By buying certain menstrual products, consumers can trigger a donation of supplies to poorer countries, where women are often forced to rely on old rags
Menstruation is getting its moment: there have been tampon selfies, tampon tax campaigns around the world, and even a day dedicated to menstrual hygiene. Now, a growing crop of companies is promising consumers they can help bring sanitary products to women who cannot afford them.
Buy a pack of pads and a supply will be donated to a woman in a developing country. Itâs a bit like Toms shoes, the original one-for-one social enterprise, but for tampons. In the US, such companies have grown rapidly in popularity. Among them is L., founded by Talia Frenkel, a photojournalist who worked for the Red Cross and UN. It now sells its products in stores across the US, and distributes sanitary products and condoms through a network of more than 3,000 âfemale entrepreneursâ in poorer countries, including Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia and India. The company says it will donate more than 28 million health products this year. Continue reading...
Rights groups claim no one has received compensation since law entitling survivors of human trafficking was introduced a decade ago
Rights groups in Nepal say they do not know of a single survivor of human trafficking who has received compensation under a law introduced a decade ago.
An act that came into force in 2007 guarantees compensation for trafficking victims (pdf), but only after the perpetrator has been convicted, a caveat that has left survivors facing years of traumatic court proceedings and threats from their traffickers. Continue reading...
The Philippine government has declared an Islamic State âinvasionâ after an Isis flag was hoisted over the southern city of Marawi. The army, which is embroiled in a deadly battle with Muslim extremists, claims foreign fighters are among rebels who have held the city since Tuesday, when troops raided the hideout of a notorious militant leader. With the city overtaken by violence that has claimed the lives of at least 46 people and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on the island of Mindanao, citizens are fleeing en masse Continue reading...
Mother of six Amina Mohammed rose from a humble upbringing in the Lake Chad region to become a government minister and the UNâs second in command
In a Twitter aside during his election campaign, Donald Trump dismissed the UN as âjust a club for people to get together, talk and have a good timeâ. For Amina Mohammed, the organisationâs new deputy secretary general, it is anything but.
Attempting to meet some of the worldâs most intractable crises and developmental challenges head on is what drives the focused Mohammed, for whom battling against the odds has been a lifelong theme. Continue reading...
The former president addresses the greatest challenges facing the world, and what we can do about them
During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether itâs large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. We are already experiencing it in America, where some cities are seeing floods on sunny days, where wildfire seasons are longer and more dangerous, where in our arctic state, Alaska, weâre seeing rapidly eroding shorelines, and glaciers receding at a pace unseen in modern times.
Over my eight years in office, we dramatically increased our generation of clean energy, we acted to curtail our use of dirty energy, and we invested in energy efficiency across the board. At the 2015 climate change summit in Paris, we helped lead the world to the first significant global agreement for a low-carbon future. Continue reading...
An aid ban is exposing women to risky births and their children to disease in Sudanâs Nuba mountains, where a million people are sheltering from conflict
Under a huge baobab tree in Sudanâs Nuba mountains, I met Sebila, a 27-year-old mother of three. In March last year, her village had been attacked by Sudanese ground troops and bombed by government war planes. The assault forced Sebila and many other villagers to flee deeper into rebel-held territory.
She was just back in the village for the day with her children, two toddlers in tow and carrying a baby, to dig up sorghum she had buried. Sebila said food here is scarcer than it has been for years, because of poor rains and conflict fighting. âItâs exhausting, trying to feed them all [my family],â Sebila said of her children. Continue reading...
Once treated like a hero, Shumayala Javed says she gave up her netball career to marry â only for her husband to shun her when she had a girl
It looked like the happiest day of her life. Women were dressed in the finest needlework, speakers blared out love songs and the food was piled high. Nobody could say the brideâs parents hadnât looked after their guests.
But to Shumayala Javed, the celebrations felt bittersweet. Her marriage meant the end of her netball career. She was a national champion. Continue reading...
Health system in Yemen at breaking point as sharp spike in reported cases prompts urgent work to identify suspected new cholera strain
As Yemenâs cholera outbreak gathers pace, an investigation is under way to determine whether a new and more deadly strain of the disease is responsible for a second wave of cases that hit the country last month.
With more than 2,000 suspected cases reported daily, medical supplies are running low and in some hospitals beds are shared by up to six children. Scientists are urgently trying to identify the suspected new strain at specialist laboratories in France. Continue reading...
Failure to recognise Somalilandâs independence means aid that could save lives of people hit by drought and cholera is too slow to arrive, says foreign minister
Somalilandâs foreign minister has said that the international communityâs refusal to recognise the republic 26 years after it declared independence means aid is taking far longer to reach people on the brink of famine.
Though Somaliland, on the Gulf of Aden, has 4.4 million inhabitants and its own currency, army and parliament, in the eyes of the world it is part of war-torn Somalia. More than 1.5 million people have been affected by the drought afflicting the state, and most of its livestock has been wiped out. In recent days, the drought has been compounded by an outbreak of cholera in the east. Continue reading...
Emmanuel Macron and others have noted that US presidentâs handshake is a claim to superiority, and are fighting him in kind
They say the handshake originated as a gesture designed to prove that both participants were unarmed. But Donald Trump has rewritten that rule along with all the others. In the hands of the US president, the handshake is a weapon.
And now, thanks to the newly elected president of France, we have confirmation that the rest of the worldâs leaders are fighting back. Emmanuel Macronâs admission that his white-knuckle clinch with Trump â in which the two men appeared to be engaged in a squeezing duel that saw the US president break off first â was ânot innocentâ is hardly a surprise. His thinking was plain to see, as he crushed Trumpâs hand until the latterâs fingers seemed to quiver for mercy. Continue reading...
Once he reached Brussels, Trump seemed to abandon Obamaâs foreign policy rule of âdonât do stupid shitâ, and his inability to work by consensus was stark
Over the past nine days, as the Trump White House went on the road around the Middle East and Europe, the rest of the world learned first hand what America already knows: this is a presidency unlike any other in history.
Trump left the US under the shadow of a wide-ranging investigation into contacts between his aides and Russia before and after the November presidential election. In his absence from Washington, that shadow has only grown longer and darker. Continue reading...
In the wake of a Guardian reporter being body-slammed by Greg Gianforte, some people have been emboldened to condone the attack â as emails show
The Guardian has received a steady stream of correspondence from across the US in the wake of this weekâs news of a Guardian reporter being body-slammed by Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate who then went on to win the stateâs only House seat.
Some of the emails expressed horror and shame over the assault on Ben Jacobs in which he was thrown to the ground and punched. But the digital mailbag to our opinion section also contained comments of a very different nature. Continue reading...
Trumpâs colleagues are likely to want to change his instincts on climate change and refugees, among other issues, but few can predict how he might react
For a president who prizes personal chemistry, a day and a half cloistered with the leaders of the six major capitalist economies in the medieval Sicilian coastal town of Taormina might seem attractive â even if it marks a come-down from Mar-a-Lago.
Related: Reluctant traveler Trump takes off on trip fraught with diplomatic dangers Continue reading...
Rise in acts of plane-related violence shed light on something bigger: modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible
Outclassed: the secret life of inequality is our new column about class. Read the first one here
A doctor is forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight, losing two teeth and gaining a concussion as heâs pulled down the aisle. A whole family with young children is dragged off by Delta. A near-riot breaks out at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Air rage may be to the 21st century what hysteria was to the 19th: a window into the sickness of our society.
Modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible: it can be seen in everything from how the rich can pay to cut security lines to the way everyone else has to wait while those who have âearned statusâ board first. And then, of course, thereâs the long walk through the cushy first-class cabin to a claustrophobic middle seat at the back of âtorture classâ. Continue reading...
Ted Wheeler says the city stands with and supports its immigrant community after the fatal stabbing of two men who tried to intervene during the racial abuse of Muslim girls on a train. Wheeler goes on to say âthere is too much hate in the world right now and far too much violenceâ and blames the current political climate for spreading bigotry Continue reading...
The president jetted back to the US on Saturday after a whirlwind tour of the Middle East and Europe. We look back at some of the most memorable images from Trumpâs week away from the White House Continue reading...
Hillary Clinton made a fiery commencement speech at her alma mater on Friday, hinting at the possibility of a Donald Trump impeachment and comparing him to Richard Nixon. She made the speech nearly 50 years after graduating from Wellesley College in 1969 and six months after losing the 2016 presidential election, saying of the aftermath: âI wonât lie, chardonnay helped a littleâ Continue reading...
The US secretary of state says the Trump administration takes full responsibility for intelligence leaks of the police investigation into the Manchester bombing. Tillerson, who met the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, in London on Friday, reiterated Americaâs âspecial relationshipâ with Britain Continue reading...
Republican Greg Gianforte apologizes for âbody-slammingâ the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before winning Montanaâs sole seat in the House of Representatives. Speaking to a cheering crowd, Gianforte says he took an action he canât take back and apologizes to Jacobs Continue reading...
The US president says 23 of the 28 member nations âare still not paying what they should be payingâ to ensure their defence. Speaking at a Nato conference in Brussels, Donald Trump says: âThis is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years.â Continue reading...
The US speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, says the Republican candidate in Montanaâs special House election, Greg Gianforte, should apologize after being charged with assaulting a Guardian reporter Continue reading...
Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron meet for the first time in Brussels on Thursday, shaking hands awkwardly for the cameras. Later in the day at the new Nato headquarters, they shake hands again, a bit more vigorously this time Continue reading...