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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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Childrenâs commissioners call on French government to rescue 1,000 asylum-seeking children as a matter of urgency
The childrenâs commissioners for England and France have called on the French government to identify, register and house the 1,000 lone asylum-seeking children who are living in dire conditions in the Calais camp, âas a matter of urgencyâ before the site is demolished.
After President FranĂ§ois Hollande announced that the refugee camp would be shut down and asylum seekers moved to official centres around the country, charities said they were concerned about the safety of the unaccompanied child refugees, who make up about 10% of the camp population.
Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad advance on the old city, two other districts and a strategically sited former refugee camp
Syrian troops have launched a large-scale ground attack on rebel-held areas of Aleppo in a bid to make concrete military gains after nearly a week of punitive bombardment that has mostly hit civilians.
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad opened multiple fronts in an apparent attempt to increase pressure on rebel forces experienced in close urban warfare.
Unpredictable nature of 2016 race leaves much to be decided with two more debates in October, as Clinton camp continues to attack Trumpâs debate tactics
The most-watched presidential debate in history knocked Donald Trump sideways, but not out of the race for the White House, after he was tripped up by a well-drilled Hillary Clinton.
Riled by needling from Clinton about his family, the flamboyant Republican was forced on the defensive for much of their 90-minute showdown at Hofstra University, and swiftly saw some signs of faltering support among voters.
The condition of Peres, 93, who twice served as prime minister of Israel and later as the countryâs ninth president, was said to have worsened seriously in the course of a few hours on Tuesday as family members gathered at his bedside.
Bank denies it has asked for help from German chancellor Angela Merkel over potential $14bn US Department of Justice penalty
Deutsche Bank has endured another turbulent day on the stock market amid questions about its ability to pay a penalty to the US authorities and whether Angela Merkel will need to intervene in the plight of Germanyâs biggest bank.
As shares in Deutsche Bank fell to fresh lows, the German chancellor was quoted by news agencies as saying: âDeutsche Bank is one part of the German banking and financial sector, and of course we wish all companies, even when they are experiencing temporarily difficulties, to perform well. Apart from this, I donât want to comment.â
Camp Century â part of Project Iceworm â is underground cold war network that had been thought buried forever, until climate change made that highly unlikely
A top-secret US military project from the cold war and the toxic waste it conceals, thought to have been buried forever beneath the Greenland icecap, are likely to be uncovered by rising temperatures within decades, scientists have said.
The US army engineering corps excavated Camp Century in 1959 around 200km (124 miles) from the coast of Greenland, which was then a county of Denmark.
Policymakers must address needs of trade-affected workers, International Monetary Fundâs new World Economic Outlook says
The International Monetary Fund has warned that free trade is increasingly seen as benefiting only the well-off and that help is needed for those whose job prospects have been damaged by globalisation in order to put fresh momentum behind removing barriers to international commerce.
In a chapter from the half-yearly World Economic Outlook study released ahead of its annual meeting next week, the IMF said the weakness of the global economy, rather than a wave of protectionism, had been largely responsible for the sharp slowdown in trade growth over the past four years.
Six Democratic US senators on Tuesday said it was âunacceptableâ that Yahoo only last week announced a 2014 hack into 500m user accounts and asked embattled CEO Marissa Mayer for more information about the companyâs investigation into the data breach.
The lawmakers said they were âdisturbedâ the two-year-old intrusion was detected so long after the hack occurred. âMillions of Americansâ data may have been compromised for two years,â the senators wrote in a joint letter addressed to Mayer. âThis is unacceptable.â
Officials at the highest level of an Asian government have been helping wildlife criminals smuggle millions of dollars worth of endangered species through their territory, the Guardian can reveal.
In an apparent breach of current national and international law, for more than a decade the office of the prime minister of Laos has cut deals with three leading traffickers to move hundreds of tonnes of wildlife through selected border crossings.
Judge says he hopes nine-year sentence passed on Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi will deter other attacks on heritage sites
An Islamic militant who helped destroy the fabled shrines of Timbuktu has been sentenced to nine years in prison in a groundbreaking case that prosecutors hope will deter other attacks on heritage sites around the world.
The trial was the first at the international criminal court to focus solely on cultural destruction as a war crime. It was also the first prosecution of an Islamic militant by the institution, which is based in The Hague.
Leftwing councillors say city should not be celebrating his colonial legacy and call for memorial reflecting âAmerican resistance to imperialismâ
A group of anti-capitalist councillors in Barcelona are hoping to topple the statue of Christopher Columbus that has stood at the foot of La Rambla for more than a century, arguing that the city should not be celebrating the explorerâs colonial legacy.
The 197ft (60-metre) high memorial, topped with a bronze statue of the Genoan pointing out to sea, has been part of Barcelonaâs skyline since 1888. Its base pays homage to Columbusâs colleagues and his patrons, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella.
Supporters of 15 workers who confronted airline managers during meeting about planned job cuts pack courtroom
Cheers and jeers have greeted the start of the trial of 15 people over an attack on two Air France executives, who had their shirts ripped by workers angry at planned job cuts.
The trial over the October 2015 incident, which made headlines worldwide, opened in a packed courtroom outside Paris amid raucous scenes by backers of the defendants, five of whom are charged with âorganised violenceâ.
âI canât believe this is really happening. This is a great day for Colombia,â says Alonso Cardoza from the remote town of Uribe where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia formally took its name
A large screen hanging in a multipurpose court projects images residents of the remote town of Uribe never believed theyâd see.
They watched from a region that came to be known as Farcâs headquarters as, 800km (500 miles) away in Cartagena, a peace deal was signed between the government and guerrilla force to end 52 years of war.
Report expected to say Buk missile was fired from separatist-held area in Ukraine and its launcher smuggled back to Russia
An international criminal investigation into the shooting down of flight MH17 is likely to conclude that the plane was downed by a Buk missile fired from separatist-controlled territory in eastern Ukraine, diplomats say.
The Dutch-led Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has been gathering evidence for a possible criminal trial and is due to present its interim findings on Wednesday. Dutch police and prosecutors have been working with judicial colleagues from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia and Ukraine.
Evidence shows that moonâs liquid water bursts out into space, meaning that scientists can test samples for signs of life without drilling through miles of ice
Scientists have found tantalizing evidence of a liquid water ocean swirling under the icy shell of Jupiterâs moon Europa, Nasa announced on Monday, with new evidence of water plumes bursting out into space.
With Jupiter as a bright light behind the moon, the scientists observed Europa in silhouette, and with ultraviolet light saw what appeared to be evidence of the plumes.
The company has rolled out a self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh. But passengers might not be aware of how experimental the pilot still is
Anyone requesting an Uber ride in a 12-sq mile area in the center of Pittsburgh might now be randomly allocated a self-driving Ford Fusion rather than a human-operated vehicle.
But passengers riding in Uberâs computer-controlled cars today might be surprised at just how experimental the technology is. According to documents obtained by the Guardian under public records laws, until as recently as June anyone not employed by Uber riding in one of its autonomous vehicles (AVs) had to sign a legal document waiving the company of any liability for their injury or death.
Association launches campaign for last Bourbon monarch to be buried with other French royals in Saint-Denis cathedral
Even as the winds of revolution that led his brother and sister-in-law to the guillotine gusted over his country, King Charles X of France refused to go.
Staunchly Catholic and conservative, and convinced of his divine right to rule, it took three days of violent unrest known as the Trois Glorieuses in July 1830 for revolutionaries to force the countryâs last Bourbon monarch into exile.
Deals would put the majority of seeds, chemicals and GM traits in the hands of three companies, deepening poverty for small-scale farmers
When an Indian farmer plants his cotton crop, thereâs at least a 75% chance the seeds have been been bought from a company owned by Monsanto. If a Latin American farmer sprays insecticide on her genetically engineered soya beans, the chemical is more than likely to have been provided by German chemical and drugs company Bayer or by US firm Dupont.
And when African farmers add chemicals to their maize fields or plant itâs odds-on that they have come from Swiss company Syngenta.
Protest movement seeks to end Saudi Arabia law requiring women have permission of a male guardian to travel, marry or do other fundamental tasks
Thousands of Saudis have signed an online petition calling for the government to abolish the countryâs guardianship system, which prevents women from engaging in fundamental tasks without the permission of a male relative.
âWomen should be treated as a full citizen,â said activist Aziza Al-Yousef who, along with other activists, has been fighting against the guardianship system for a decade.
World Economic Forum report gives UK highest ranking in a decade, but suggests leaving EU will have negative impact
Britainâs sharp rise up the league table for global competitiveness to its highest place in a decade risks being reversed by the vote for Brexit, according to the World Economic Forum.
The body that runs the annual Davos event said Britain had risen three places in the past year to rank seventh, but said the analysis for its Global Competitiveness report had used data collected before the 23 June referendum.
Protest follows report linking companyâs suppliers in Indonesia to deforestation, forest fires and human rights abuses
Greenpeace activists have blockaded a palm oil refinery owned by IOI in the port of Rotterdam after a report linked the companyâs third-party suppliers in Indonesia to deforestation, forest fires and human rights abuses, including child labour.
New drone footage shows the devastation in the rebel-held districts, which have faced intense airstrikes since the breakdown of a ceasefire in Syria last week. It shows collapsed buildings, empty streets and destroyed roads. About 250,000 civilians are trapped in the area.
The Republican nominee made a lot of definitive-sounding statements on Monday night, on everything from race and policing to Isis and cyber warfare
Republican nominee Donald Trump made a lot of definitive-sounding claims in the first presidential debate on Monday night. We unfurled some of those long-winded statements and took a closer look, issue by issue.
A spirit of hedonism is sweeping through Maiduguri as party-loving young people try to forget war and rebuild their lives
A few minutes before 10pm every Friday night, young people rush into the bars and clubs of Maiduguri, timing their arrival perfectly to avoid the nightly curfew. Once inside, revellers stay dancing until the checkpoints reopen after dawn.
Here in the birthplace of Boko Haram, a group that has waged a brutal insurgency in north-east Nigeria since 2009, killing an estimated 20,000 people and displacing more than 2 million, a sense of normality is slowly returning after a concerted army campaign.
Lake Urmiaâs grim destiny reflects a wider trend of enviromental problems in Iran, including an over-reliance on dams, extreme weather patterns, climatic changes, poor irrigation practices and unregulated use of water
Long tucked away behind the mountains of northwest Iran, Lake Urmia is becoming a national symbol of environmental degradation that is eliciting public sensitivity and awareness. Launched at the end of August, the âI am Lake Urmiaâ campaign is a grassroots effort to collect a million signatures to push the United Nations to discuss ways to revive this salt lake, which has lost 90% of its surface area since the 1970s.
Sprawling Dadaab is where journalist Asad Hussein was born, raised and educated. Now, Kenya wants to demolish the camp
In a dusty expanse of desert in eastern Kenya sits the worldâs largest refugee settlement, the place I call home.
The camp was set up in 1991 to house Somalis fleeing the civil war. At first, there were three settlements: Ifo, Dagahaley and Hagadera. Ifo II and Kambioos were later added. They are all generally called Dadaab, named after the nearby town 50 miles (80km) from the Somali border.
The country desperately needs peace and national reconciliation. Only this way can it become an asset for Europe, not a burden
Two years ago, the west looked at Ukraine with enthusiasm. These days, the sentiments are closer to despair and fatigue.
My country has not had the European breakthrough that was promised. Those who came to power in Kiev to the applause of western elites now hope that their international partners will turn a blind eye to the way they run the country.
James Barnor helped put black women on the covers of British magazines and documented fashion in a country marching towards independence. Now, aged 87, he has taken to Instagram and a London gallery is exhibiting his work
Paul Marchant shipped 30,000 books from Kent to dusty Qurghonteppa, where he now runs a language school for locals
Qurghonteppa was at the very edge of the Soviet Union, a dusty city in the baking plains of what is now southern Tajikistan, not far from the Afghan border. It is not, at first glance, the kind of place you would expect to find an English library with 30,000 books, everything from bedtime stories to illustrated guides to the gardens of England.
The books were transported wholesale from Kent, after a library in the area closed down a decade ago. They are part of Sworde Teppa, an English-language project designed to help give young Tajiks more opportunities in life.
The closure of Fabric has reignited debate about diversity in western nightlife, but clubbing is coming of age in the new east
Fabric has closed and Londonâs once-great club culture is on its last legs. Enough ink has been spilled over the shortsightedness of Islington councilâs decision, but with rising rents and rapacious property developers forcing London clubs to shut by the dozen in recent years, it was probably only a matter of time.
Still, the closure of such an important venue marks a new phase in the eradication of Londonâs diversity. For year, clubbers have been casting envious glances over at Berlin. Unlike London, Berlinâs local authorities value clubbingâs place at the heart of the cityâs cultural life.
At a tense time on the Korean peninsula, defector Sun Mu is stoking controversy with his satirical works, NK News reports
It was after he fled North Korea in 1990s that artist Sun Mu decided to turn the regimeâs propaganda painting style on its head. He began producing satirical works that have since been described as âDisney characters with a military aestheticâ.
After he settled in South Korea, his work became increasingly provocative, gaining attention for its ability to parody and imitate the North Korean regimeâs social realist style.
German writer Norman Ohlerâs astonishing account of methamphetamine addiction in the Third Reich changes what we know about the second world war
The German writer Norman Ohler lives on the top floor of a 19th-century apartment building on the south bank of the river Spree in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Visiting him there is a vertiginous experience. For one thing, he works â and likes to entertain visitors â in what he calls his âwriting towerâ, a flimsy-seeming, glass-walled turret perched right on the very edge of the roof. (Look down, if you dare, and you will see his little boat moored far below.) For another, there is the fact that from this vantage point it is possible to discern two Berlins, one thrusting and breezy, the other spectral and grey. To our left, busy with traffic, is the Oberbaum Bridge, where there was once a cold war checkpoint, and beyond it the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, its doleful length rudely interrupted by the block of luxury flats that went up in 2013. As for the large building immediately opposite, these days itâs the home of Universal Music. Not so very long ago, however, it was the GDRâs egg storage facility.
Does all this press on Ohler as he sits at his desk, the light bouncing off the screen of his laptop? Is it ghostly sometimes? âYes, it is strange,â he says, smiling at my giddiness. But then he has long believed in a certain kind of time travel. âI remember the 90s. The wall had just come down, and I was experimenting with party drugs like ecstasy and LSD. The techno scene had started up, and there were all these empty buildings in the east where the youth [from east and west] would meet for the first time. They were hardcore, some of those guys from the east â they didnât understand foreigners at all â and the ecstasy helped them to lose some of their hatred and suspicion. Sometimes, then, you could step into a room, and you could just see the past. Of course, itâs not like that now. I donât take drugs any more. But I can remember it, and maybe that was why I was able to write this book.â
Court hears claims Lynden Scourfield, accused of corruption, was given envelopes stuffed with cash by financially distressed clients
A senior HBOS banker accused of corruption allegedly received regular bribes in the form of envelopes stuffed with thousands of pounds in cash to pay for prostitutes at a flat in Marylebone, central London, a court has been told.
Lynden Scourfield, who dealt with many of HBOSâs most financially distressed borrower clients, is accused of playing a central role in a multimillion pound corruption plot along with a former venture capitalist David Mills, a jury at Southwark crown court has been told.
A singularly distinguished roster of scientists, and others, with an interest in wildlife conservation have signed a petition calling for Theresa May to impose a âtotal UK ban on ivory salesâ (Conservationists and MPs call for a total UK ban on ivory sales, theguardian.com, 22 September), claiming that Andrea Leadsomâs announcement of a ban on post-1947 ivory âfalls short of what is neededâ. I beg to differ.
The entire community of art historians, curators, connoisseurs and collectors unequivocally supports the preservation of endangered species. But by the same token it can be said with confidence that bona fide, pre-1947 works of art documented by Cites (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) made of or incorporating ivory have no impact whatsoever on the thirst for modern tusks and trinkets: these are two utterly separate issues.
Got a minute? Donald doubles down on âoverweightâ comments about Alicia Machado ... Clinton takes a victory lap ... Rosie OâDonnell strikes back âŠ and all the campaign news you need. By Scott Bixby
Hours after Hillary Clinton held her as an example of his misogyny in last nightâs debate, Donald Trump lashed out at a former Miss Universe for gaining âa massive amount of weightâ.
Clinton made the former Miss Universe turned actor and activist a talking point of the first debate, criticizing Trumpâs public comments about her weight
Alicia Machado became an American citizen just in time to vote against Donald Trump. Itâs a vote that has been a long time coming.
In May 1996, the Venezuelan beauty queen was just 19 years old when she was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe pageant, which had recently been bought by the Manhattan business mogul. That year should have been one of sheer happiness and possibility for Machado, and for a moment it was. âI remember I hug my mom and I tell her, now our lives is going to be changed forever,â she told the Guardian in an interview in her adopted hometown of Los Angeles.
Family of Indigenous woman say distressing CCTV footage showing her being dragged from her cell highlights broader issues about institutionalised racism
The family of Indigenous woman Ms Dhu have urged the Western Australian coroner to release CCTV footage of her final hours, saying it highlights broader issues about institutionalised racism in police and the health system.
The state coroner, Ros Fogliani, is due to hear an application on whether to release the footage at the central law courts in Perth on Wednesday.
Intelligence chiefs warn that pushing Isis out of Iraq and Syria will lead to the spread of operatives around the world rather than the end of the jihadi army
The United States will face years of âsustained vulnerabilityâ from Islamic State fighters even after the fall of its so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria, intelligence chiefs have warned.
Giving evidence in the wake of the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey bombings, they told a Senate panel on Tuesday that pushing Isis out of the territory it has claimed will lead to a diaspora of operatives in the US and Europe rather than the destruction of the jihadi army.
This week, Venetians have taken to the water to protest agaiinst the cruise ships that swamp their city. Itâs just the latest fightback against the endless waves of visitors
Imagine a packed Emirates Stadium emptying its stands on a town the size of Margate every day and you begin to get a sense of how swamped sinking Venice has become. Now tensions that have simmered for decades are boiling over as the cityâs vanishing population of 55,000 fight back against the tourist tide.
On Sunday, members of the Comitato NO Grandi Navi, a group campaigning against the giant cruise ships that daily disgorge visitors into the fragile lagoon, took to dinghies to get in the way. Or at least to make a noise while some of the estimated 30,000 peak-season daily cruise visitors peered down at them from the upper decks.
Interim report could pinpoint location of missile launcher, widely considered to be in Russian-backed separatist territory
An international team investigating the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine in 2014 will release its preliminary conclusions on Wednesday. The âinterim resultsâ of the criminal investigation might unveil new details on the strike and could even provide strong evidence suggesting who is to blame.
Country researching link to mosquito-borne disease after three children and an unborn baby affected by birth defect
Thailand is investigating four suspected cases of Zika-related microcephaly in three babies and a 36-week old unborn baby, the public health minister has said, in what could be the first such cases in south-east Asia.
Several countries in the region have reported cases of infection from the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Thailand has one of the highest numbers, with 349 confirmed since January, including 25 pregnant women.
Three people given suspended sentences in Guangdong court for âdisturbing social orderâ and working with foreign organisations hostile to China
Three labour activists have been given suspended sentences of up to three years, Chinese state media said on Tuesday, citing their involvement with âoverseas organisations hostile to Chinaâ.
Zeng Feiyang, director of the prominent labour rights group the Panyu Workersâ Centre, was given a three-year sentence suspended for four years, while his co-workers Tang Huanxing and Zhu Xiaomei received 18 months suspended for two years, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Obeid and three of his sons claimed they had suffered financial and reputational harm as a result of Icacâs inquiry into a $30m coal deal in 2012
Former NSW minister Eddie Obeid has lost his civil case against the anti-corruption body which investigated the granting of a coal exploration licence on his familyâs land.
Obeid and three of his five sons â Moses, Paul and Eddie jr â claimed they had been denied procedural fairness at an Independent Commission Against Corruption (Icac) hearing which found he acted corruptly.
Abta warns that long distances may prevent travellers who have difficulty walking from catching their flight on time
Passengers at UK airports have to walk up to a kilometre from check-in desks to reach departure gates, research shows.
Travel organisation Abta warned that many travellers who have difficulty walking only request assistance once they arrive at the airport, which may be too late. This can lead to them having to make their way across terminals on foot or miss their flight.
Prince William and Kate Middleton visited welcoming centre during second day of Canada visit and spoke with refugees who gave bleak picture of homeland
Syrian refugees in Canada said they hoped the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would encourage the world to do more to address the refugee crisis, after the royal couple stopped at an immigrant and refugee welcoming centre as part of their visit to Canada.
Perks for public sector employees will also be scaled back in one of the most drastic measures yet to save money at a time of low oil prices
Saudi Arabia will cut ministersâ salaries by 20% and scale back financial perks for public sector employees in one of the most drastic measures yet by the energy-rich kingdom to save money at a time of low oil prices.
The measures, disclosed in a cabinet statement and royal decree broadcast on state-run Ekhbariya TV on Monday, constitute the first pay cuts for government employees, who make up about two-thirds of working Saudis.
Deployment of munitions designed to destroy underground structures, if proven, might indicate Russiaâs desire to bring siege of Aleppo to speedy end
The recent claims by the Syrian opposition and the United Nations that Russia is using bunker-buster bombs in Aleppo would, if proven, confirm that a new, more destructive phase in the Russian assault on rebel forces is under way, and that the diplomatic track is effectively closed.
The bombs â capable of destroying underground shelters and command centres â would also suggest Russia is determined to bring the months-long siege of Aleppo to a speedy end, and that they have high-grade intelligence of the whereabouts of Syrian opposition positions.
Canada confirmed the shipwreck findings on Monday after reports that British ship lost in 1845 Franklin Arctic voyage was discovered in pristine condition
Canada has confirmed that it has found the wreck of HMS Terror, the second of two British ships lost in the disastrous Franklin Arctic voyage of 1845, and said the government will work closely with northern aboriginals on ownership of the artifacts.
Former Portuguese prime minister strengthens clear lead with series of victories in security council straw poll
AntĂłnio Guterres, the man who spent a decade grappling with the worldâs response to the global refugee crisis, has taken a step closer to becoming the UNâs next secretary general, with the latest in a series of clear victories in a security council straw poll.
Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister and UN high commissioner for refugees, strengthened his clear lead in the contest on Monday, maintaining his support as his principal challengers fell back.
With the announcement that the homes of Oscar Wilde, Benjamin Britten and Anne Lister are to be relisted by Historic England (Report, 23 September), one hopes that the house where the French symbolist poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud lodged in Royal College Street, Camden Town, north London, for some months in 1873 will not be forgotten.
It was here that Rimbaud wrote his most iconoclastic verse and where the tempestuous relationship between these two men who rented a room from a Mrs Smith famously ended with a slap across the face with a fish bought in Camden market, a dash across the Channel and a gunshot in Brussels.
With space for roughly 20,000 cars, the parking lot that surrounds the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, is recognised as the largest car park in the world.
Spread across vast expanses of asphalt and multi-storey concrete structures, these parking spots take up about half the mallâs 5.2m sq ft, on what was once the edge of the city of Edmonton. A few blocks away, a similar amount of space is taken up by a neighbourhood of nearly 500 homes.
Despite its rich history of boundary-pushing designs, Tehranâs architecture scene had lain largely dormant since the 1979 revolution â until now
From its iconic Azadi (freedom) tower, which has ridden out a revolution, an eight-year war and innumerable protest rallies, to the elegant museum of contemporary art or the city theatre, Tehran has long been home to a brand of wacky, yet distinctively Iranian, contemporary buildings.
In the few decades leading up to the 1979 Islamic revolution, architects such as Houshang Seyhoun, Kamran Diba and Hossein Amanat pushed the boundaries of traditional Persian architecture by using traditional elements in modern designs; Amanatâs freedom tower epitomises those efforts.
Sidewalk Labs believes personal car ownership is about to become history, making suburbs more accessible and better for walking and cycling. But what if it simply means people shove each child into a different car to get to school?
A few months ago I interviewed Klaus Bondam, head of the Danish cycling union and formerly Copenhagenâs mayor for roads and infrastructure, and asked him how he saw his city changing in the coming years. The answer was something of a surprise.
âLook at something like car parking,â Bondam told me. âItâs so old fashioned in my eyes. The private ownership of a car â that will end in the next 10 to 15 years. I think itâs going to be a combination of shared cars, of city cars, of public transport, bicycles, electric bicycles, of freight distribution by electric cargo bikes.â
For 45 years, Christiania has stood as a community-led utopia, its cannabis trade central to a liberal culture. But the shooting of a police officer has forced residents to take radical action. As the smoke clears, will it ever be the same again?
Late in the evening on Wednesday 31 August, gunshots were fired in the centre of Christiania, Copenhagenâs semi-autonomous freetown. Three people were injured, including one police officer, who remains in critical condition. The gunman â a 25-year-old Dane who was later shot and killed by the police â is believed to have been involved in Christianiaâs hash trade.
Cannabis has long been sold and enjoyed in this unique neighbourhood, a famous utopian commune in the heart of Denmarkâs capital. Historically a centre of freedom and resistance, it will celebrate on Monday the 45th anniversary of the day that squatters â known as slumstormerene â broke down the barricades of an abandoned military base, creatively activating disused spaces in a time when living conditions were poor. In 1973, the Social Democratic government gave Christiania the official temporary status of âsocial experimentâ â a term that many criticised as its residents had not agreed to participate. Nonetheless, this ruling allowed Christiania to persist, and a majority vote in parliament in 1989 set the Christiania Law in stone, legalising the squat.
On average more than one woman per week is killed in Ecatepec, on the outer edge of Mexico City. But despite living with this constant threat of brutality, local female hip-hop artists are using their music to try to change attitudes
As darkness descends over the imposing green mountains on the outskirts of Mexico City, Luz Reality, a 32-year-old rapper, steps under a faded orange tarp and through a metal security door into the underground venue. Though a veteran of the cityâs hip-hop scene, she admits she still gets unnerved by the constant threat of assault in the areas around Ecatepecâs clandestine concert venues.
In recent months, this barrio has been plagued by a grisly series of abductions and murders. In one case, a woman was found burned on an empty patch of grass. The victim somehow survived the brutal attack and was still alive when police found her, but died later from her injuries.
Tanto si estĂĄs participando en campaĂ±as contra los desplazamientos forzados como si tu ciudad tiene polĂticas para proteger las viviendas asequibles, comparte aquĂ tus historias sobre la gentrificaciĂłn
From abandoned municipal offices to theatres and car parks, informal local movements are reclaiming public space in the Greek capital. With the cityâs progressive mayor on board they could reshape politics too
Navarinou Park â part playground, part open-air cinema, part vegetable garden and verdant oasis â was never meant to be. On that, all of its participants agree. Stavros Stavrides, a professor of architecture at Athensâ National Technical University, is the first to say it; so, too, do the local residents who, spade in hand, also worked to transform an unprepossessing parking lot on the rim of Athensâ edgy Exarcheia district into a vibrant community garden.
âWhoâd have thought?â asks Effie Saroglou, a dancer, walking her dark-haired mutt around the park. âWhoâd have imagined us ever sitting here?â says Yannis Mandris, a musician, watching a grainy rendition of Blade Runner in a makeshift arena on the other side of the lot. Something is stirring in the Greek capital â and in more ways than one Navarinou Park has come to represent it.
Across the world, urban barrier walls divide communities on ethnic, religious and political lines. On International Peace Day, artists are turning these walls of separation into points of connection, in one of the largest ever mural projects
One episode of Game of Thrones tells you all you need to know about how important city walls used to be for defence. But they were also about identity and belonging, as Wendy Pullan, director of Cambridge Universityâs Centre for Urban Conflicts Research, explains: âIf you lived within the walls then you were a citizen; if you didnât then you werenât. The status used to matter a lot.â
In recent times, since the collapse of the iron curtain, one might have imagined separation walls would be less in vogue. But walls within cities, slicing one community from another â whether on ethnic, religious or political lines â are still prevalent from Jerusalem to Belfast, not to mention in war-torn cities such as Homs in Syria.
Human Rights Watch claims the government is failing to protect local communities from environmental impact of mining around Lake Malawi
Villagers in Malawi have been forcibly evicted from their homes to make way for coal and uranium mines and consequently face serious problems accessing safe water, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, which claims that the government lacks adequate safeguards to protect those affected.
Villagers told HRW that they were given little to no notice that mining would begin in their area, and unsatisfactory or zero compensation for resettlement, the report said. It also claimed the villagers had suffered problems with their crops and water sources, and were worried about the effect the mining was having on their health.
In the face of conflict and violence, women in a camp in Central African Republicâs capital are working together to rebuild their lives
Metres away from passengers awaiting their flights in the departure lounge of MâPoko airport in Bangui, tens of thousands of people shelter inside old jumbo-jets, under hangars or in ramshackle tents.
Marie Valentine, 66, is one of them. She remembers vividly the bullets flying in all directions as she fled her house in the capital of Central African Republic, in December 2013.
Aid watchdog criticises Department for International Developmentâs top-down approach in fight against tax avoidance
The Department for International Development (DfID) âshould have done moreâ to give developing countries a voice in the global battle against tax avoidance and evasion, according to a UK aid watchdog.
A new review, published by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (Icai) on Tuesday, criticises the government department for following a âtop-downâ approach to including developing countries in international policy discussions on the issue.
In 2012, about a quarter of Nigeriaâs 9.2 million pregnancies were unintended. On World Contraception Day, we look at a project that reaches out to communities and battles the stigma around family planning
By rejecting violence, Colombia can achieve social progress and reinvigorate development cornerstones such as education, healthcare and employment
Colombians are facing their most important vote in at least 50 years. With peace negotiations concluded between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) guerrillas, Colombia needs to decide whether to support the peace agreement on the table, or reject it in favour of the continued use of violence to resolve the conflict.
As ever with this kind of decision, there are many compromises to be made; the pursuit of peace is often balanced precariously with the pursuit of justice. But while we should perhaps leave the ethical considerations up to Colombians to decide, one thing seems obvious.
At the age of 13, May Lwin was raped by her father. A draft law formulated with the help of civil society takes aim at the countryâs culture of sexual violence
May Lwinâs* brothers and sisters were playing outside their home when her father raped her.
One of her younger brothers heard the commotion as the 13-year-oldâs father dragged her back inside the house by her hair after she tried to run away. She made it as far as the washing line in the front yard before she tripped.
MPs to press Department for International Development for further details after figures reveal 26% of aid funds will go to other ministries within four years
More than a quarter of UK overseas aid will be spent by ministries other than the Department for International Development by 2019/20, according to figures that have sparked renewed concern about changes to Britainâs aid policy, and the risk of its coffers being raided by other parts of government.
Ministers and academics from France, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Italy, Hungary and UK will vie to succeed Margaret Chan as director general in July 2017
Six candidates from Africa, Asia and Europe â including one Briton â have been nominated for the position of director general of the World Health Organisation, at a time when experts have emphasised the need for the agency to prove it can be âtransparent and accountableâ to the public.
The candidates include current and former government ministers and academics. Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy of France, a former health and foreign minister, makes the list, as does Ethiopiaâs foreign minister â and former health minister â Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Department for International Development says 40% rise in misappropriation of overseas aid funds in 2015-16 down to improved reporting and investigation
Data shows that Britain lost 40% more money through fraud in its overseas aid programmes in 2015-16 compared with the previous year, with the rise attributed to better reporting of its misappropriated funds, according to government officials.
The UK government, which has stuck to a pledge to spend 0.7% of gross domestic product on foreign aid, has come under increasing scrutiny over how it spends its multi-billion pound budget, which some MPs say would be better spent at home.
A poll taken right after the first presidential debate showed that viewers thought Clinton was the clear winner. But her supporters shouldnât be celebrating just yet
Maybe you watched the first presidential debate of 2016. Maybe youâre an American voter. And maybe, just maybe, you felt one candidate was a very clear winner by the end of it all. The only question you should now be asking yourself is âhow many other people in the country agreed with me?â
This is the first of a new series that takes a regular look at what polls can tell us, and, more importantly when polls tell us nothing but junk information. First up, where are the candidates ahead of the first presidential debate of 2016?
In January, I wrote: âIn the first 26 days of this year, 186 political polls were released.â Since then, Iâve lost count.
Donald Trump faces a major challenge in the blue-leaning Keystone state. But with 20 electoral votes up for grabs, it may still be a state that is worth the effort
For decades, Republican presidential candidates have had the same relationship with the state of Pennsylvania that Charlie Brown had with a football.
With 20 electoral votes, the Keystone state has always been a tempting prize to aim for. But since 1988, in a geographically diverse state described by Clinton aide James Carville as âPhiladelphia on one side, Pittsburgh on the other and Alabama in betweenâ, the GOP has seen that prize swept away from its sights.
With divided islandâs Greek and Turkish leaders set to talk, many see this as a real chance to end the long-running dispute
The prospect of a breakthrough ending the decades-old division of Cyprus could be delivered at a much-anticipated meeting between the leaders of the islandâs two estranged communities.
Reunification hopes are expected to be reinvigorated on Sunday when the president, Nicos Anastasiades, who heads Greeks in the south, and Mustafa AkÄ±ncÄ±, who heads Turks in the north, hold talks in New York with the United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon.
In the first presidential debate in New York on Monday, Hillary Clinton spoke about Machado, whom Donald Trump called âMiss Piggyâ and publicly humiliated following her 1996 Miss Universe win, and continues to criticize now. Now an actor, singer, entrepreneur and activist, Machado is speaking out about her experiences with Trump and campaigning for Clinton
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in Nevada and need every voter they can persuade. The Guardian spoke with dozens of young voters in Reno, people who could affect politics for decades but whose first foray into a presidential race features the most disliked candidates in history and some of the nastiest rhetoric ever spewed in an election
Watch highlights from the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The candidates engaged in a series of clashes on topics from trade policy to the Iran deal to Trumpâs taxes
Hillary Clinton pressed Donald Trumpduring Mondayâs debate over his refusal to release his tax returns, suggesting either he isnât as rich or charitable as he claims, or that maybe he has something to hide. Trump said he would release his tax returns if Clinton releases the â33,000 emailsâ she deleted from her private server
Hillary Clinton dismissed charges from Donald Trump that she lacked the âstaminaâ to be president during the first presidential debate on Monday night. Clinton said that if Trump could manage her schedule, which included trips to 112 countries, negotiating various peace deals and ceasefires, then âhe can talk to me about staminaâ
Donald Trump defended his previous questions on whether Barack Obama was born in the US during the first presidential debate on Monday night. Trump said he âdid a good jobâ in repeatedly questioning Obamaâs citizenship over the years. Hillary Clinton criticized Trump for âstarting his political career on a racist lieâ
A man opened fire on Monday morning in Houston, injuring at least nine people before police fatally shot him. Six victims were taken to hospitals while three were treated at the scene, according to the acting Houston police chief, Martha Montalvo. The police bomb squad secured the suspectâs car
Adam Gabbatt visited Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, to speak to college students about the upcoming election ahead of the much-anticipated first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The debate, which Hofstra is set to host, will be the first of three before the election
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