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DC police tell the Guardian there have been no arrests or incidents at the Womenâs March on Washington today.
Earlier today, Bill Miller, the public information officer for the US Attorneyâs Office for the District of Columbia, released a statement that AOâs office is âcontinuing to evaluateâ charges against approximately 230 adults who were arrested in protests and clashes in the nationâs capital around the time of Trumpâs inaugural parade yesterday.
We expect that most of those arrested will be charged by our office with felony rioting, (D.C. Official Code 22-1322), an offense punishable by a statutory maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
Donald Trump has begun his presidency with a series of policy interventions, taking aim at Barack Obamaâs signature healthcare policy, raising the prospect of a new US missile defence system and ushering in a new period of American protectionism.
The 45th president of the United States, who was sworn into office on Friday, began his four-year term of office with a series of executive orders that will set the tone for his government. It was, he said, a government that would âput only America firstâ.
Adriana, Gianfilipo and Ludovica Parete were rescued despite earlier pessimism about possibility of survivors
It was one of the few holidays that Giampiero Parete, a 38-year-old chef, and his family had ever taken together â a handful of days at a spa hotel in Farindola, a popular ski resort three hours east of Rome in central Italyâs Abruzzo region.
French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen says 2017 will see big changes
Franceâs far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen called on voters across Europe to âwake upâ and follow the example of US and British voters.
Speaking at an unprecedented meeting in Germany of Europeâs rightwing populist parties, she said Brexit would unleash an unstoppable wave of âall the dominoes of Europeâ. And after Brexit, she added, before an audience of several hundred, the election of Donald Trump was a âsecond coupâ.
At least 18 killed and 51 wounded as bomb explodes in Parachinar, close to border with Afghanistan
At least 18 people have been killed and 51 wounded after a bomb exploded in a busy market town close to Pakistanâs border with Afghanistan.
Sabir Hussain, a doctor at the main hospital in Parachinar, said 11 critically wounded people who were brought in from blast site died while being treated. He said several of the wounded were in serious condition and were being transferred to other hospitals for better care.
A B-52 bomber and aerial drones struck a training camp in Idlib province Thursday, less than a day after Isis targeted in Libya airstrike approved by Obama
More than 100 alleged militants have been killed in a US airstrike on an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, the Pentagon said, announcing the second major US counter-terrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obamaâs presidency.
Total of nine people rescued from debris of Rigopiano resort in Gran Sasso mountains, with effort continuing to bring out more survivors
Another four people were pulled alive over Friday night from the rubble of a ski resort in central Italy â bringing to nine the number rescued, more than two days after the hotel was swept down by an avalanche.
The two women and two men were from a group of five whom rescuers had detected beneath the snow and ruins on Friday afternoon. Efforts continued to retrieve any other survivors. The body of a woman was also found.
Software firm founder Hasso Plattner launches his Barberini Museum, west of Berlin, with Impressionism show
A German software billionaire is opening a new art museum in the former imperial city of Potsdam on Friday, having reconstructed an 18th-century palace, destroyed in the second world war, to house the works.
Hasso Plattner, a co-founder of the multinational software company SAP, described the Barberini Museum as his gift to the city and âone of the most important thingsâ he had done in his life. The privately funded gallery occupies three floors of the building, which is in the heart of Potsdam, south-west of Berlin.
The convicted drug lord arrived in New York late on Thursday amid speculation that he was a peace offering from Mexico to Donald Trump
JoaquĂn âEl Chapoâ GuzmĂĄn, the cartel kingpin who made two daring escapes from high-security prisons and lived on the run for years, has been extradited to the United States where he faces prosecution on narcotics and other charges.
The Mexican foreign ministry announced the extradition in a short statement on Thursday afternoon, saying GuzmĂĄn had exhausted his appeals against his extradition.
With fears about the Trump presidency, rising debt levels and an unwinding property boom, the worldâs No 2 economy is set for an uncertain 2017
Chinaâs economy slowed further last year to expand at its weakest pace for quarter of a century, with warnings that it risks losing further momentum in 2017 as Donald Trumpâs presidency creates new challenges for the trading superpower.
The worldâs second-largest economy grew 6.7% last year, according to Chinaâs statistics office, meeting Beijingâs target range of 6.5-7% but the slowest growth since 1990.
Defense lawyers filed a motion asking a military judge to dismiss the charges against Bergdahl, arguing Donald Trump violated Bergdahlâs due process rights
Donald Trumpâs scathing criticism of Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl will prevent the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, Bergdahlâs attorneys said on Friday.
In a motion filed shortly after Trump was sworn in, defense lawyers asked a military judge to dismiss the charges against Bergdahl and argued the Republican violated his due process rights and military law against unlawful command influence.
During a brief hearing at the Brooklyn federal court, GuzmĂĄn pleaded not guilty to charges that he lead a vast and murderous criminal operation that distributed 200 tons of cocaine for sale on American streets.
MP spoke in memory of her murdered colleague Jo Cox as she joined thousands of people protesting against US president Trump
His hair attracted quite a few hundred slogans in London, and many placards displayed a personal slant on his most infamous sayings about women as tens of thousands of marchers added their voices to a roar of protest on the first day of Donald Trumpâs presidency. The roar was echoed in cities across the globe.
The Womenâs March, a global day of action, took place in 15 British and Irish cities â and 161 around the world â and was billed as an inclusive event to stand up for equality and dignity for all.
Overwhelmed counsellors and medical staff in Sierra Leone must contend with suspicion and a collapse in funding
The history of Africaâs oldest psychiatric hospital is written on the walls of its isolation units, desperate messages chiselled into the woodwork like scars. âI came here for I donât have any money,â reads one note in a corner of the room. âPeople want me to run from my fatherâs house,â reads another. âYou go nowhere,â announces a third. âStay out.â
Since the hospital opened in the early 19th century, most Sierra Leoneans have aspired to do exactly that, avoiding this imposing building perched high on a hill above the capital, Freetown.
People should not wear communist symbols without real understanding of their history, argues Anastasiia Fedorova for the Calvert Journal
The hammer and sickle have made a stellar return to the fashion world in the form of a voluminous red hoodie, adorned with the Soviet symbol and worn by Kim Kardashian.
Setting aside the irony that two weeks earlier her husband had cosied up to the US president-elect, Donald Trump â one of the worldâs most staunch capitalists whose relationship with Russia has been under intense scrutiny this week â Kardashianâs fashion choice raises some ethical questions about appropriating communist symbols.
Turning a blind eye to this abuse of power risks encouraging other European nations to follow its example
The recent rise of the populist right in Hungary and Poland has raised the alarm about the future of democracy in Europe, as constitutional safeguards, media pluralism and civil society come under sustained attack.
But there is another threat hiding in plain sight: the abuse of anti-corruption laws in Romania, a country often lauded as an example of successful reform in central and eastern Europe.
Whether it was arrival of capitalism, social instability or denim, monumental changes followed Gorbachevâs resignation in 1991
After years of food shortages, rising nationalist movements and an attempted coup, Mikhail Gorbachev, the president of the Soviet Union, resigned on Christmas Day 1991. His resignation 25 years ago was the final nail in the coffin of the USSR.
To mark the anniversary we asked our readers across the region to share their memories of the monumental events, and to tell us how they felt about the change from a communist, collective system, to a capitalist one.
The denizens of Davos reassured themselves that free trade would go on in the Trump era, but they had for years done little about the losers such a system creates
His speech was like one normally expected of an American president. Countries must resist the temptation to retreat into harbour, the world leader said to a packed and admiring audience, but instead have the courage to swim in the vast ocean of the global market.
This was the kind of paean to free trade that might have come from John F Kennedy, George W Bush or Bill Clinton â all occupants of the White House who saw it as the United Statesâs role to defend the open international trading system set up at the end of the second world war.
The collateral damage for commuters grows ever more devastating after ten months of disputes between unions and Southern over staffing
The Southern rail staff handing out information leaflets at London Victoria station this weekend were cheerful: âStrikes called off next week, service back to normal,â said one. âNormal?â an arriving female passenger almost screamed in his face.
This weekâs train driversâ strikes have been suspended by the union Aslef as they engage in talks with Southern rail and its parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway. But a conductorsâ strike remains scheduled, and arguments over safety, camera visibility, unmanned stations and access to trains for disabled people continue.
Defeat has sharpened divisions within the Democratic party â and while they oppose Trump, it is unclear how far theyâre willing to go
For two days, crowds have filled the long, grassy expanse of the National Mall in Washington DC: Friday for Donald Trumpâs inauguration, and Saturday for the Womenâs March (a sort of counter-inaugural).
The mood of the inaugurationâs mass assembly of red Make America Great Again caps was triumphant, while the sea of knitted pink âpussy hatsâ proclaims a spirit of resistance. But since Democrats have limited power to stop the Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress from carrying out their will, the leftâs brave assertions of resistance carry an undertone of anger and despondency.
Caution in China, sorrow and anger in Mexico, cork-popping in Moscow â here are some of the global responses to Fridayâs power handover
Germany will need a new economic strategy geared toward Asia should the new US administration start a trade war with China, vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said, warning of a ârough rideâ hours after Donald Trump was sworn in.
Women and men taking part in the Womenâs March on Washington share their thoughts on president Donald Trump, and why they decided to protest. The crowd in Washington, estimated at hundreds of thousands, filled at least six city blocks of Independence Avenue, with more people spilling into side streets and additional marchers pouring into the area
Hundred of thousands of people gathered in major cities across the US on Saturday to protest the presidency of Donald Trump as part of the Womenâs March. Originally started as a march in Washington DC, thousands turned out in other cities around the country to make their voices heard
Anarchists in black masks who disrupted Donald Trumpâs inauguration day gave way to an ocean of pink hats and exuberant â though defiant â women who gathered in their hundreds of thousands on Saturday.
The Womenâs March on Washington descended on the US capital, while in hundreds of cities across America and around the world women joined in a gesture of resistance against the new presidentâs first full day in office â bringing a palpable sense of solidarity and determination to resist a backwards-looking agenda.
People around the world protest on Saturday in support of the Womenâs March on Washington, with demonstrations in cities including London, Paris, Tbilisi and Tokyo. Protesters are taking to the streets to âsend a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that womenâs rights are human rightsâ, according to the marchâs official mission
Thousands of people march across London on Saturday in support of the Womenâs March on Washington, protesting against President Trump and in support of womenâs rights. Womenâs Equality party leader Sophie Walker talks about rejecting any normalisation of racism and sexism while artist Grayson Perry describes gender inequality as the major issue that underlies everything
Search continues for the dead and injured after a tornado tore through Hattiesburg in the early hours, flipping cars and ripping down parts of building
Four people were killed, roofs were ripped from homes and churches and trees were torn from the earth early on Saturday when a tornado hitting in the dark of night ripped through a region in southern Mississippi, officials said.
Four people died after the twister blew through the city of Hattiesburg and its surrounding area, said Forrest County coroner Butch Benedict. The twister was part of a wall of stormy weather traveling across the region, bringing with it rain and unstable conditions.
After telling border agents their plans to march, groupâs cars were searched and phones examined, and each person was fingerprinted and had their photo taken
Would-be protesters heading to the Womenâs March on Washington have said they were denied entry to the United States after telling border agents at a land crossing in Quebec their plans to attend the march.
Montrealer Sasha Dyck was part of a group of eight who had arranged online to travel together to Washington. Divided into two cars, the group â six Canadians and two French nationals â arrived at the border crossing that connects St Bernard de Lacolle in Quebec with Champlain, New York, on Thursday.
The head of Franceâs Front National will share the stage with far-right leaders from Germany, Italy and the Netherlands
The French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen is to headline a European gathering of Eurosceptic and far-right leaders in Germany on Saturday as they seek to present a united front in a year of high-stakes elections.
Organisers of the conference in Koblenz, billed as a âcounter-summitâ, said participants would set out their joint âvision for a Europe of freedomâ.
At least 16 people are dead and 40 injured after a bus carrying mostly Hungarian teenagers crashed when the vehicle hit a pylon and caught fire on a motorway near Verona, Italy in the early hours of Saturday morning. Other passengers on the bus included teachers and parents of the students
At the stroke of noon, as is the American way, power passed from one man to another man. And with that passing of the baton from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, made manifest in a 35-word oath, the country was changed beyond recognition as the new president offered a dark vision of his nation and the world.
The new 45th president of the United States coined the sinister phrase âAmerican carnageâ to vividly conjure an image of inner cities he said were afflicted by crime, a political elite that had forgotten ordinary people, and a landscape of rusted factories like tombstones.
This was the portrait unveiled in a 17-count indictment United States authorities released on Friday as the cartel kingpin made his first appearance in a New York court a day after his extradition to the United States.
Cho Yoon-sun accused of helping target artists, writers and entertainers critical of President Park Geun-hye, who has since been impeached
South Korean prosecutors have arrested the culture minister for suspected involvement in drawing up a blacklist of artists, writers and entertainers critical of President Park Geun-hye amid a graft scandal that led to Parkâs impeachment.
Cho Yoon-sun became the first sitting minister ever to be arrested, said the special prosecutorâs team investigating the scandal.
Likeness of former UK prime minister returns after having reportedly been removed by Obama in favour of sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr
A bust of Winston Churchill has been returned to the White Houseâs Oval Office.
In a nod to the âspecial relationshipâ, President Donald Trump appeared to make good on an agreement to return the wartime British leaderâs bust to the famous office within hours of being sworn in.
Yahya Jammeh announces he will ârelinquish the mantle of this great nationâ after Mauritaniaâs president, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, brokered his departure
The Gambiaâs new president has declared that the ârule of fearâ is over in the country, as it appeared that a deal had been reached for his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, to relinquish power and go into exile.
After 12 hours of talks, Mauritaniaâs president, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, confirmed to the Guardian that an agreement had been reached. âThere is a deal,â he said. Asked if Jammeh would be leaving the country, he said: âThe outgoing president will travel very soon.â
People gathered in their thousands in London, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh to voice their opposition to the 45th US president
Demonstrations against the fractious election campaign run by Donald Trump took place across the UK as he was inaugurated as the 45th US president.
Lily Allen joined protesters demonstrating outside the US embassy in London, where about 2,000 people took part in a march and rally. And at least 1,500 are thought to have attended demonstrations in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester, as well as other towns and cities around the country.
More than 200 protesters were arrested on Friday as police used pepper spray and stun grenades to suppress a series of small, violent confrontations before and after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.
Thousands of protesters from numerous groups descended on Washington DC for mostly peaceful protest throughout inauguration day, in a sign of the dissent and discord Trumpâs divisive presidential campaign produced.
President Trump said âwe are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the peopleâ, similar to a line from the film The Dark Knight Rises
Donald Trump has been compared to many things, but until now the Batman villain Bane had probably not been among them.
In his inaugural address on Friday, the new US president said his arrival in office had âspecial meaningâ because âwe are transferring power from Washington DC and giving it back to you, the peopleâ.
Hundreds of protesters booed President Donald Trumpâs motorcade as his inaugural parade made its way through downtown Washington DC. Crowds of onlookers held up homemade signs and jeered at his car during one section of what was otherwise an uneventful route. Trump later exited his vehicle and walked for the final stretch of the parade, despite the fact that protesters were engaged in clashes with the police a few streets away
With Donald Trump newly installed in the Oval Office, co-chairs herald âone of the largest grassroots efforts that anyone has ever seenâ
At about 10am on Saturday, as a quarter of a million or more people gather in protest at the base of Capitol Hill for the Womenâs March on Washington, the newly minted President Donald Trump will be on his knees at âa service of prayer and reflectionâ at the National Cathedral.
From that perch four miles away from the White House he wonât, initially, be able to hear the civil rights legend Angela Davis, the feminist icon Gloria Steinem or the pro-choice campaigner Cecile Richards addressing the crowds at the march.
Myanmarâs commercial capital is overrun with an estimated 120,000 stray dogs, which attack children and carry the threat of rabies. Mass culling was recently stopped but spay, neuter and vaccinate programmes have yet to start
Zu May Naing was playing with her brother outside their house in Bago Region, close to Myanmarâs commercial capital of Yangon, last month when a pack of stray dogs rounded on the 18-month-old.
Her mother, San Thar Myint, found her lying prone on the ground, bleeding and in shock. âHer temperature was over 100 [degrees fahrenheit] before they got to the operation room,â she says.
The art of street photography was long dominated by men and the âmale gazeâ, but new project Her Side of the Street celebrates womenâs role in the practice
Throughout history, women have often been subject to observation and evaluation from men as they walk down city streets â whether ogled as objects of desire or judged for their appearance or even presence in certain spaces. In literary and social history, men have usually been the ones who watch, rather than be watched; the urban observer which 19th-century poet Baudelaire made famous as the âflĂąneurâ.
In her recent book, Lauren Elkin wrote of the âflĂąneuseâ, the woman who reclaimed power by walking through â and writing about â the city streets in defiance of convention, challenging the cultural assumption at the time that women on the street were either sex workers or homeless.
Nate Berg tells the story of Rebuild By Design, a competition â and now its own organisation â based on taking a more proactive approach to disaster response in cities; but how far can you prepare for the effects of climate change?
Ten years ago, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg released a plan to create what he called âthe first environmentally sustainable 21st-century cityâ. The blueprint, known as PlaNYC and released on Earth Day, outlined more than 100 projects and policies to create that sustainable city by 2030.
It set a precedent for local action on climate change; cities around the world began drafting their own sustainability plans. But then in October 2012, it got a harsh reality check.
How do you improve a neighbourhood without causing land prices to rise? Residents along a polluted waterway in San Juan set up a community land trust to help save their homes, as well as the environment
For years a graffiti message has appeared throughout San Juan, Puerto Ricoâs capital, as an urgent demand: Dragado ya! (meaning âdredging now!â).
Even passersby who have never set foot in the eight barrios making up the CaĂ±o MartĂn PeĂ±a community â a large informal settlement along 3.75 miles of canal in the central city â know the message points to the dire need to dredge the waterway, which has become so clogged with refuse that those driving by with the windows down can immediately smell the stagnant waters.
Itâs only a five-minute flight from Kinshasa to its rival city, Brazzaville â but as the DRC slides into a bloody political crisis, an international border, the Congo river and centuries of colonialism continue to separate central Africaâs volatile twins
Sunday morning, and the crowds are thronging the myriad churches on the ragged western edge of Kinshasa. Congregations file into the barn-like halls to hear priests and preachers. Down on the terrace of Chez Tintin, one of Kinshasaâs best known restaurants and nightspots, only fishermen and two tourists from the central town of Kisangani brave the warm, driving rain.
Beyond the plastic tables and chairs, a low brick wall, and the pilgrims, is the Congo. Though 4,500km from its furthest source, the great river is less than 1,000 metres wide at this point, and surges through the narrow bottleneck with tremendous power. The resulting rush of foaming brown water is the reason for the existence, the proximity and the enmity of arguably the worldâs two closest capital cities: Kinshasa, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Brazzaville, of the confusingly similarly named Republic of Congo.
From an elevated 19th-century pneumatic railway to a skyscraper cathedral and a Native American alternative to the Statue of Liberty, Never Built New York chronicles ambitious plans for the city which never saw the light of day
For 43 years a UN-patrolled no-manâs land has dissected Cyprusâ capital. As Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders meet for final peace talks, Helena Smith, who grew up on the island, questions whether reunification has a chance
Some call it the dead zone; some a no-manâs land; some the green line. For more than four decades, a United Nations-patrolled buffer zone has bisected Nicosia, running through the middle of the Cypriot capital and dividing its historic heart.
It was a casualty of war: at first, the result of inter-communal fighting that took the form of Turkish Cypriot ghettos in the 60s; then as a no-manâs land between ceasefire lines delineated by little more than what two opposing armies agreed were their last defended positions.
Headquarters to the Nazis and then the Soviets, the East German military camp of WĂŒnsdorf was once home to 75,000 Soviet men, women and children. Now âLittle Moscowâ has been abandoned â but one man keeps the memories alive
Rusty keys jangle as JĂŒrgen Naumann searches for the right one. He has 15 on one bunch, 25 on another. The last caretaker of the Red Armyâs former headquarters in Germany, he has access to all the buildings in what was once known as the Forbidden City â and remains a restricted area 23 years after the last Russian troops left for good.
âYou get to know the keys over the years,â Naumann says. But it still takes a while to locate the right one. A dull click, and the door creaks open to reveal a dimly lit hall with marble tiles. Naumannâs footsteps echo across the empty space as he switches on the electricity, illuminating two panoramas: one showing Soviet Moscow, the other Alexanderplatz in East Berlin, two huge photos from a world that no longer exists.
The US housing departmentâs ambitious initiatives of the 60s and 70s created urban communities that were both mixed race and mixed income. Though many didnât last, are there lessons in them for Donald Trumpâs new housing secretary?
Innovation is, to put it mildly, not one of the first attributes that come to mind when you think of âHudâ â the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, soon to be overseen by Donald Trumpâs former Republican rival Ben Carson. Yet this wasnât always the case.
Imagine urban and suburban communities that banned cars, collected trash in pneumatic tubes, offered prototype community video chat capabilities, built elaborate pedestrian and cycle networks, and carefully retained existing foliage. You may not be thinking of the Jetsons, but products of the groundbreaking Hud New Towns initiatives in the late 1960s and early 70s.
Cities have long been the backbone of the Democratic party, and rural regions the heartland of Republicanism â yet Donald Trumpâs election has exposed these divides like never before. Will US metropolises increasingly turn into city-states?
Sitting in a downtown Cleveland coffee shop in early December, Julie Goulis is still in shock. âSome of the soul-searching Iâve been doing after the election has been about how I can understand people outside of my bubble,â she tells me. âI was so ashamed Ohio went for Trump.â
Like many US cities, Cleveland is overwhelmingly progressive in its politics and traditionally elects Democrats at all levels of government, despite hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention. But partisan divisions in the United States increasingly correlate with geographic differences, leaving many cities like Cleveland as liberal bubbles distinct from the vast conservative American hinterland. The looming inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump has left many city dwellers grappling with just how distant much of their country seems.
Awareness campaign aims to stop trafficking and black market trade in body parts by reminding doctors to ask bereaved families about organ donation
Doctors in India are to get text alerts reminding them to ask families to donate the organs of deceased loved ones as part of a campaign to solve the countryâs organ shortage, which has fuelled a black market trade.
The drive, âPoochna mat bhooloâ â âDonât forget to askâ in Hindi â will target 300,000 doctors. It represents the latest in a string of awareness campaigns in India after a kidney racket involving a poor woman was uncovered at a top Mumbai hospital last year.
Kutubdiaâs islanders donât have much of a carbon footprint â most donât have regular electricity. But they are facing the reality of a changing climate, and soon tens of millions of their fellow Bangladeshis will be at risk
A row of mangrove trees sticking out of the sand, exposed by low tide off Kutubdia island in the Bay of Bengal, is all that remains of a coastal village that for generations was home to 250 families. The villagers were forced to flee as their land, which had been slowly eroding for decades, was finally engulfed by the ever-rising tide five years ago.
For theembattled people of Ali Akbar Dial, a collection of disappearing villages on the southern tip of the island in Bangladesh, the distant trees serve as a bittersweet reminder of what they have lost and a warning of what is come. The low-lying island of Kutubdia has one of the fastest-ever sea level rises recorded in the world, placing it bang on the front line of climate change, and the islanders are fighting a battle they fear is already lost.
Kutubdia, an island of fishing villages and salt farms, has halved in size in 20 years, with family homes destroyed by ever-encroaching tides. In nearby Coxâs Bazar, more frequent storms have had a severe impact on fishermenâs catches
Aid workers in Borno state say displaced people living in camps have no plans to go back home despite government claims that insurgents have been defeated
The homecoming of tens of thousand of Nigerians displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency has been prevented by enduring fear of the Islamists and reluctance to return to areas of the countryâs north-east devastated by the campaign against the militants, according to aid workers.
The continued threat posed by Boko Haram was underlined on Monday when twin suicide bombings killed two people at a university in Maiduguri. The city is the provincial capital of Nigeriaâs north-east Borno state, the epicentre of the groupâs seven-year campaign to create a regional Islamic caliphate.
In the countryâs southern marshes, the government is helping families to rebuild their floating communities, 25 years after the land was drained
The morning of 20January 1992 began much like any other for the Mohammed family in the marshlands of southern Iraq. Rising at first light, they roused their herd of buffaloes and drove the beasts snorting and protesting into the surrounding wetlands to graze. After a quick breakfast of bread and yoghurt, washed down with sugary tea, they readied themselves for a long day out on the water.
But on that day, one of the coldest on record, five-year-old Hanaa and her mother caught no fish and gathered no reeds. No sooner had they paddled past the last of their neighboursâ floating reed houses than a squadron of government fighter jets emerged from the mist, guns blazing. They reduced the artificial islets to embers, and killed many of the buffaloes. Not content with shooting up a few villages as punishment for localsâ alleged harbouring of defeated Shia rebels, Saddam Hussein soon dispatched his engineers to divert the Tigris and Euphrates rivers away from the marshes. The effects were disastrous. By the turn of the last century, the Middle Eastâs largest wetlands had withered from a peak of 20,000 sq km to almost nothing.
Chair of international development committee calls progress âdisappointingâ as government rejects proposals that followed 2016 anti-corruption summit
The British government is failing to live up to promises to tackle corruption, according to the chair of the international development committee, Stephen Twigg.
On Monday the government rejected recommendations made by the international development committee (IDC) in the wake of a major anti-corruption summit hosted in London last year by the former prime minister David Cameron. These included the introduction of country-by-country reporting of multinationalsâ profits and payments.
Intensifying ethnic conflict in South Sudan has led UN investigators to warn that the country is on the brink of genocide. More than a million people have fled the country to neighbouring states, while many more have taken shelter in UN camps such as Malakal, home to more than 33,000 people
Faced by a huge challenge, international donors and aid organisations converging on Helsinki to discuss the Syrian aid response will need ambition and innovation
In March it will be six years since the start of Syriaâs descent into ruinous conflict. We can hope that the latest ceasefire and talks generate progress towards ending the war. But we must also be realistic about how long it will take to reach effective peace.
Meanwhile, the millions of men, women and children whose lives have been uprooted by the conflict need to find ways to live and pursue their ambitions and aspirations. They require housing, jobs, education and healthcare â and the communities and countries that are hosting them need support to make this possible.
From incessant rains to flooded rice fields, the economic impact of global warming has been keenly felt in the coastal town of Coxâs Bazar
Bangladesh is already one of the most climate vulnerable nations in the world, and global warming will bring more floods, stronger cyclones. At the dry fish yards, close to the airport at the coastal town of Coxâs Bazar, women are busy sorting fish to dry in the sun. They say the process, which begins in October, can continue through to February or March if the weather is good.
But Aman Ullah Shawdagor, a dry fish businessman who employs 70 people, says high tides and seasonal changes have hit his business hard. Last year there were four cyclones, more than ever before. In 2015, there was only one.
Gender equality remains a distant dream for women in Africa. Less than a third of all agricultural land in Africa is operated by women, nearly one in five of whom do not have access to contraception. In addition, almost a quarter of African women are likely to experience violence from their partners. Kary Stewart finds out how women have been working to bring about gender equality. There are contributions from Awino Okech, lecturer on gender studies at Soas, University of London; Jessica Horn, director of programmes for the African Womenâs Development Fund; Patricia Isabella Essel, programme manager for Women in Law and Development in Africa; and Hakima Abbas, co-executive director of the Association for Womenâs Rights in Development.
Womenâs groups demand perpetrators of brutal attack are brought to justice after video footage is posted on social media, sparking widespread condemnation
The gang rape of a 16-year-old girl in Somalia, which sparked outrage after a video of the alleged incident was posted on social media, will be the first substantial test of a law aimed at tackling pervasive sexual violence in the country.
Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross are competent and knowledgable â they just donât sound like they will lead the type of upheaval that Trump promised
âWe are transferring power âŠ back to you, the people,â Donald Trump told the nation on Friday. âFor too long, a small group in our nationâs capital has reaped the rewards of government, while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth.â Not any more, he pledged.
Well, now the work begins, and last week we got the first chance to see the men, Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross, most charged with fulfilling Trumpâs vow.
Donald Trumpâs economic nationalism was on full display in his inauguration speech. The president spoke of the âAmerican carnageâ he claims has been wrought on America, leaving ârusted out factories scattered like tombstonesâ across a nation with âlittle to celebrateâ, and blamed it on the outsourcing of US jobs. âAmerica firstâ will be his presiding philosophy.
Braggart and bigot now in control of the worldâs most powerful military and economy. Fear and malevolence won
Even the heavens wept. As Donald Trump stepped forward to become Americaâs 45th president the cold shower that broke over Washington offered no end of metaphors. His address, however, was literal to a fault. There was no higher calling, no sense of a greater purpose, no florid imagery or impassioned idealism. This was as crude and unapologetic an appeal to nationalism as one might expect from a man incapable of rising to an occasion without first refracting it through his ego.
It is said that presidents campaign in poetry and govern in prose. Trump campaigned in graffiti â the profane scrawls of a mindless vandal â and, if his inaugural address was anything to go by, may yet govern in tweets â the impulsive, abbreviated interventions of a narcissist.
US intelligence agencies have already concluded that Vladimir Putin interfered in the presidential election in Trumpâs favour. The night before his inauguration, the New York Times quoted current and former senior US officials as saying that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of their inquiries.
Hello, and welcome to your worst nightmare. A narcissist whose misogyny borders on psychopathy â a man accused by dozens of women of sexual misconduct â is now leading our nation. With a cabinet chock-full of Bond villains and neophytes, and a Twitter feed spilling over with vile, Trump is throwing us into a dark and uncertain time.
Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the US on Friday â and for many progressives it was a dark day. But, there were some uplifting moments to savor, like a sweet kiss between Barack Obama and Michelle, or Hillary Clintonâs deep breath before taking the stage to see her opponent sworn in. The Guardian celebrates five moments of compassion and dignity from an otherwise dark inauguration day
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