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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

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Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life

Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life One of the most powerful tools we have as humans is our ability to ask questions. The more adept we are at asking them (and waiting for and listening to the answers), the more effective we will be.

Ten Ways to Strengthen Your Reading Habit

Most people wish they read more. It is an activity that is both fun and enlightening.

Ten Tips for Cross Cultural Communication

Here are some simple tips to help you improve your cross cultural communication skills: Slow Down Even when English is the common language in a cross cultural situation, this does not mean you should speak at normal speed. Slow down, speak clearly and ensure your pronunciation is intelligible.

7 Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To

Seven Reasons Why Training Doesn't Produce the Desired Results and What You Can Do To Improve Your Results OverviewAbraham Maslow said, "If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." As managers, leaders and change agents, we want to improve our organizational performance.

Your Leadership Shopping List

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Top Seven Reasons to Publicize your Business with Articles

Do you want to be #1-10 on Google and other search engines? Do you want quadruple your Web sales in five months? Promote your business to the top with these 7 reasons to write and submit how-to articles. 1.

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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.

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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.

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The Caribbean island of Dominica has been “brutalised and devastated” by category 5 Hurricane Maria, the prime minister of the country has said.

The eyewall of the hurricane barrelled into Dominica’s eastern coast on Monday evening, crossing towards the former British colony’s capital, Roseau, on the south-west side.

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Goal to limit warming to 1.5C to avoid the worst impacts of climate change was seen as unreachable, but updated research suggests it could be met if strong action is taken

The highly ambitious aim of limiting global warming to less than 1.5C remains in reach, a new scientific analysis shows.

The 1.5C target was set as an aspiration by the global Paris climate change deal in 2015 to limit the damage wreaked by extreme weather and sea level rise.

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Spanish foreign ministry tells ambassador to leave the country before the end of the month, as North Korea repeatedly refuses to halt its nuclear program

The Spanish foreign ministry has asked North Korea’s ambassador to leave Spain before the end of the month due to his country’s repeated refusals to renounce its nuclear weapons program.

Related: Trump's 'rocket man' tweet claims Korea sanctions biting, but experts unsure

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Narendra Modi hits out at ‘misinformation campaign’ as environmentalists warn that 40,000 families’ homes are at risk

A mega-dam that became one of India’s greatest environmental controversies during the three decades it was under construction has been formally declared complete by the prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Activists have warned that 40,000 families across hundreds of villages will lose their homes as a result of the construction of the final stage of the dam and are yet to be adequately compensated.

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British foreign secretary used marginal meeting at UN general assembly to highlight need for ‘smoother’ responses to horrific weather events

The Caribbean-wide response to Hurricane Irma has been piecemeal and there needs to be a new permanent level of coordination, including better international early warning weather systems, Boris Johnson has said.

The British foreign secretary was speaking at a meeting on the margins of the United Nations general assembly convened by the UK and bringing together British ministers, the French foreign minister Jean-Yves le Drian, the Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders and leaders from the Caribbean.

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  • Foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says pact is being ‘strictly implemented’
  • Donald Trump praises ‘fantastic’ secretary general’s UN reform agenda

The French government will use meetings at the UN this week to try to persuade Donald Trump not to abandon the nuclear agreement with Iran, warning that the deal’s collapse would trigger a “spiral of proliferation” in the Middle East, the French foreign minister said.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Iran was abiding by the terms of the 2015 deal, and that verification measures were being “strictly implemented” by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Donald Trump, however, has claimed that Tehran has violated the deal, at least “in spirit” and has threatened he would not certify Iranian compliance when the state department is required to report on its implementation on 15 October.

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Police say Kenneth Gleason, a white 23-year-old, ‘has not been cleared’ after shootings of two black men officers say may have been racially motivated

A 23-year-old white man whom police called a “person of interest” in the fatal shootings of two black men in Baton Rouge has been released from jail after his arrest on drug charges over the weekend.

Sgt Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge police department spokesman, said on Monday that Kenneth Gleason “has not been cleared” and remains a “person of interest” in the shootings. A homicide detective’s report described Gleason as a “suspect” in the case.

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  • President impressed by Bastille Day parade he witnessed in Paris
  • White House chief of staff told to look into display of US military might

Donald Trump is considering staging a US military parade in Washington on the Fourth of July Independence Day holiday, inspired by the parade he saw on Bastille Day in Paris.

Meeting France’s President Emmanuel Macron on the fringes of the UN general assembly, Trump said he had asked his White House chief of staff, retired Marine Corps general John Kelly, to look into the possibility of holding such a display of US military might.

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Ambulance crew say cyclist impeded them after they arrived to treat 29-year-old who had crashed his motorbike into a lamp post

German police are searching for a cyclist who filmed a dying man after a road accident instead of going to his aid.

Police say the cyclist could be prosecuted for failing to assist the 29-year-old who had crashed his motorbike into a lamp post. He was later pronounced dead at the scene of the accident in Heidenheim near Ulm in southern Germany.

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The storm is ‘rapidly’ intensifying and is on a path that would take it near many of the islands wrecked by Irma, and on toward Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria strengthened to a category 3 storm as it headed toward the Caribbean, where it was forecast to hit the Leeward Islands on Monday night.

Maria was “rapidly” intensifying into a major hurricane, the US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The storm’s center was about 60 miles (95km) east of Martinique, with maximum sustained winds of 120mph (195kph).

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Russian president observes as Zapad military exercise moves into counterattack stage

A large-scale Russian military exercise that has spooked western countries has entered its final phase, with helicopters, fighter jets, missiles and tanks employed at a firing range close to Russia’s border with the EU.

Vladimir Putin was among those watching the 45-minute display of firepower on a cold and rainy Monday afternoon at the Luga firing range, about 70 miles (113km) from the border with EU member state Estonia. The Russian president, joined by the defence minister, Sergei Shoigu, and a number of army generals, watched through binoculars from a viewing platform.

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  • Carrasco, 20, rides to dramatic maiden victory on Sunday in Portugal
  • Spaniard debuted in international competition as a teenager in 2013

Ana Carrasco became the first woman to win an individual world championship motorcycle race on Sunday in Portugal.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, riding a Kawasaki Ninja 300, found a draft on the final stretch to overtake Yamaha riders Alfonoso Coppola (by 0.053sec) and Marc García (0.062) in round 10 of the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship.

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‘Gut instinct’ told Lt Col Stanislav Petrov that apparent launch of US missiles was actually early warning system malfunction

A Soviet officer whose cool head and quick thinking saved the world from nuclear war has died aged 77.

Stanislav Petrov was on duty in a secret command centre outside Moscow on 26 September 1983 when a radar screen showed that five Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles had been launched by the US towards the Soviet Union.

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Campus police killed Scout Schultz, 21, who they said was advancing on officers with a knife, but mother questions why police didn’t use nonlethal force

A Georgia Tech police officer overreacted by firing a gunshot that killed an LGBTQ student activist who investigators say was armed with a knife and ignored commands to drop it, a lawyer for the family said on Monday.

Campus police killed Scout Schultz, 21, who they said was advancing on officers with a knife. Schultz refused to put down the knife and kept moving towards officers late on Saturday outside a dormitory, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) said in a statement.

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  • Cabify driver held over murder of Mara Fernanda Castilla, 19
  • Protests accuse government of failing to tackle spate of femicides

The murder of a Mexican university student after she used a ride-hailing service has sparked outrage and prompted street protests by activists who say that the country’s authorities have done little or nothing to prevent a litany of femicides.

Mara Fernanda Castilla, 19, was found dead on Friday, according to the Puebla state governor, Tony Gali. Her body had been abandoned in a ditch some 90 kilometres south-east of Mexico City.

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After almost 50 years of seminal covers and epoch-shifting articles, owners seek buyer with ‘lots of money’

It is the magazine that described investment bank Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity”, George W Bush as the “worst president in history” and featured a photo of a naked John Lennon curled around Yoko Ono on its front page.

But after almost 50 years of seminal covers and epoch-shifting articles, the owners of Rolling Stone have put the title up for sale amid financial difficulties.

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Study finds excessive levels of the metal, which can seriously harm unborn children, in women from Alaska to Indonesia, due to gold mining, industrial pollution and fish-rich diets

Women of childbearing age from around the world have been found to have high levels of mercury, a potent neurotoxin which can seriously harm unborn children.

The new study, the largest to date, covered 25 of the countries with the highest risk and found excessive levels of the toxic metal in women from Alaska to Chile and Indonesia to Kenya. Women in the Pacific islands were the most pervasively contaminated. This results from their reliance on eating fish, which concentrate the mercury pollution found across the world’s oceans and much of which originates from coal burning.

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Ibrahim Halawa was detained in August 2013 during a family holiday in Egypt and was accused of crimes including murder

An Irish citizen arrested while protesting in Cairo has been freed after four years in detention.

Ibrahim Halawa, from Dublin, was acquitted of charges including murder, arson and illegal possession of weapons at a mass trial in Wadi al-Natrun court outside the Egyptian capital on Monday.

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Exclusive: Already facing bribery allegations, group looks into transactions that led to unexplained €16m payment

Airbus, Europe’s largest aerospace multinational, has launched an internal investigation into possible corruption after the Guardian uncovered a series of questionable financial transactions resulting in an unexplained payment.

Hundreds of pages of leaked bank records, internal memos and financial statements reveal that two companies secretly controlled by the aviation giant engaged in transactions involving €19m (£16.7m), a large part of which was then routed to a mysterious company via a tax haven.

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Islands already reeling after Hurricane Irma prepare for more devastation

The US National Hurricane Center reports that Maria remains at category 5, with sustained winds of 160mph. In an 11am EST update, the center finds that hurricane force winds are extending for 35 miles from Maria’s center.

“Some fluctuations in intensity are likely during the next day or two, but Maria is forecast to remain an extremely dangerous category 4 or 5 hurricane until it moves near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico,” the center says.

#BREAKING 11 a.m. update: #HurricaneMaria remains a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph.

Benito Wheatley, the British Virgin Islands’ UK and EU representative, has told the Guardian the archipelago is “preparing for the worst” as Maria makes its way north. The islands were devastated by Hurricane Irma, which destroyed at least 80% of structures and left no schools or tourism businesses functioning.

As you can imagine the communities in the BVI after Irma are very very vulnerable. Things had begun to stabilize on the ground, with the mobilization of UK military police and humanitarian workers. But now this has all ground to a halt as people move into emergency preparation for Hurricane Maria.

People are very concerned because the shelters that they have, many of them have been weakened, many of the homes don’t have roofs, a large number of persons were staying in a home that was intended for just a few people, so they’re squeezed in.

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Bodegas’ resident felines are symbolic of the relaxed environment that people appreciate about their local corner store. Could their bricks-and-mortar homes be put out of business by the latest tech startup? Won’t somebody think of the cats?

Two former Google employees’ proposal to replace corner shops with automated cabinets promoted an outpouring of scorn on social media last week, but in among the gags (“vending machines already exist”) and the slurs was a semi-serious concern: won’t somebody think of the cats?

Bodegas’ resident cats are symbolic of the personable, one-to-one service and relaxed environment that people appreciate about their local corner store – the kind of service and ambiance it’s hard to replicate in a pantry for non-perishables. The Bodega entrepreneurs’ choice of logo, a cat’s face, was perceived to be just as inappropriate as their chosen name.

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For many people the best kind of holiday is one based on local knowledge, but how do you know where the locals go – especially when they may prefer not to tell you? By mining their publicly available Instagram data

No one wants to be a tourist – not even tourists. It has connotations of uncritical consumption, of high prices and low quality, of being mindlessly funnelled amid a mass of humanity towards the sorts of joints that real New Yorkers or Londoners or Parisians wouldn’t be caught dead in.

The success of any experience of an unfamiliar city is measured by how much it overlaps with a local’s, and that’s never been truer than now. As cheap flights flood Europe with visitors, measures against tourists’ obstructive, destructive impact have been taken in Venice, Barcelona, Rome and most recently Amsterdam.

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As the inventors of Bodega learned yesterday, real corner shops actually matter to cities in a way supermarket chains and automated cabinets never can

The Saturday before Christmas 1971, my grandparents worked like crazy making enough corned starch for hundreds of friends in East Oakland. Together they’d invented a secret cornmeal masa recipe to sell at their corner store, El Progreso, in order to make the tastiest tortillas and tamales in the region. Dozens lined up when the store opened, some coming from way out of town, and the whole weekend was a lively scene of people from the community buying, commiserating, gossiping, and laughing. My mother, Irma, remembers families even bringing them food.

By late evening on Sunday, she had to announce to friends still waiting that they were out of masa. Though sad she couldn’t give them what they were looking for, she and my grandmother Isabel were amazed at their good fortune, sweating from a full day of honest work as my grandfather Anastasio drank beer in the back room to celebrate with his bakers.

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A full 80% of 19th and early 20th-century buildings in the Greek capital have already been destroyed, and time is running out for what’s left

Not that long ago I received a questionnaire through my door. How had the 1930s Bauhaus building in which I live survived the rigours of time? Who had designed it? Who was its first owner? And, the form went on, what were my memories of it?

Circulated far and wide across Athens, the questionnaire and its findings are part of a vast inventory of 19th- and early 20th-century buildings that now stand at the heart of a burgeoning cultural heritage crisis in Greece. At least 10,600 buildings are on the database and it is growing by the day.

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Redemption Camp has 5,000 houses, roads, rubbish collection, police, supermarkets, banks, a fun fair, a post office – even a 25 megawatt power plant. In Nigeria, the line between church and city is rapidly vanishing

“Ha-lleluuuu-jah,” booms the distinctive voice of Pastor Enoch Adeboye, also known as the general overseer.

The sound comes out through thousands of loudspeakers planted in every corner of Redemption Camp. Market shoppers pause their haggling, and worshippers – some of whom have been sleeping on mats in this giant auditorium for days – stop brushing their teeth to join in the reply.

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Instagrammer Roc Isern shows another side to Barcelona’s architecture by capturing the beautiful geometric shapes and patterns of the city’s buildings

Barcelona is known for its iconic landmarks, but Roc Isern turns his camera to buildings others may tend to look past.

Isern is a technical architect and photographer based in the Catalan capital. Since 2014, he has been capturing the facades of Barcelona’s buildings for tens of thousands of followers on Instagram at @barcelonafacades.

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From pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong to far-right and anti-Trump marches in the US, protests occur daily in public spaces worldwide – but can we measure which city has the most?

From the racially charged marches in Charlottesville to anti-nuclear demonstrations in Tokyo, tens of thousands of protests are mounted daily in the public spaces of the world’s cities. Streets are closed, meetings convened and in the worst cases, people are beaten, jailed or killed.

“There is a palpable sense that the number of demonstrations worldwide is increasing, but nobody really knows,” says prof Donatella della Porta of the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuala Normala Superiore in Florence. “It is notable, however, that there seem to be more right-wing protests.”

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Stephen King set many of his novels in Derry – a fictional version of his home of Bangor in Maine. With the release of the film version of It, the city is once again a tourist destination as the capital of terror

As claims to fame go, the city of Bangor in eastern Maine has one of the most playful out there. Disguised as its fictional persona of Derry, this small city is the setting for several Stephen King stories – including It, Dreamcatcher and Pet Sematary – and it is also the author’s own residence.

While fictional Derry has served as the epicentre of many paranormal and supernatural events, and is arguably the world capital of terror, real-life Bangor is a quintessential New England small town, with its suburbs and malls, its brick buildings and peaceful waterfront. But it can easily be seen in a menacing light when its streets are quiet and lit only by the glow of street lamps.

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Fifty six people have died in three building collapses over the past two months. But with rent control meaning tenants can pay as little as 12 pence a month – and little hope of a place in any replacement building – thousands simply refuse to go

Amid the bustle of Mumbai’s western suburbs, in a dilapidated 60-year-old building, live Heena Tolani, her husband and two children. The staircase to her apartment is rickety, its wooden hand-rail held together with string. The road beneath is visible through gaps in the floor.

Inside her home, bamboo sticks prop up the ceiling. Sections of roof have collapsed on at least three occasions.

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Irritated by the relentless focus on ruin porn, or pre-emptive stories about the city’s tech resurgence, Aaron Foley will attempt to offer a more nuanced portrait

Detroit’s Irish-American mayor, Mike Duggan, has hit on a new way to remodel the narrative of a city beset by a history of decay, race riots and violence: hire an official “chief storyteller”.

As the city starts to emerge from a long period of decline, the democrat mayor has appointed Aaron Foley, a popular African-American journalist to the new position in a city that at 83% percent African-American – the blackest major metropolis in America.

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The art installation emerged last week near Tecate, highlighting controversy over Trump’s proposed wall – but Kikito’s family would rather stay in Mexico

The toddler seems to grip the top of the steel fence as he peers into America, his attention focused on something north of the border.

The expression is playful but his scale – 65ft – dwarfs the fence, making it look puny and eminently climbable.

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Reports of potential leak in second tank as emergency services go back to scene of hydrochloric acid leak in east of city

Firefighters have returned to the scene of a major acid leak in Hull that caused a vapour cloud to form over a dock in the east of the city.

Emergency services warned nearby residents to close their doors and windows as a precautionary measure after a tank containing 580 tonnes of hydrochloric acid sprang a leak at the King George dock late on Monday.

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Condé also speaks about terrorism, saying it can only be eradicated if poverty ends.

He advocates for a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestine conflict. He reaffirms the republic’s support of the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

After a five-minute break, the group has reassembled.

Now up, Guinea’s president, Alpha Condé.

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There’s no evidence to prove the Rwandan Patriotic Front killed the president, writes Linda Melvern; and James Smith adds that blaming victim groups for atrocities inflicted on them is inaccurate and dangerous

Helen C Epstein claims “evidence” to prove the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) assassinated President Juvénal Habyarimana (America’s hidden role in the Rwandan genocide, 12 September). But this claim is unsupported and ignores witness testimony. That night, a Belgian doctor, Dr Massimo Pasuch, at home in the Rwandan army-controlled Camp Kanombe, was close enough to the missile launch to hear its telltale “whoosh”.

Epstein claims the missiles were fired four miles away at Masaka Hill. The weapon, she claims, was a Russian-made Sam-16 because “two SA-16 single-use launchers” were found near Masaka Hill, a place more “accessible” to the RPF than Camp Kanombe. She relies on French investigative magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguière, whose inquiry claimed serial numbers on the Masaka launchers were from a consignment shipped from Russia to Uganda. But her information about the launchers comes from unreliable sources – convicted génocidaires Bruguière interviewed in prison.

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Boston University researchers find those who start playing before 12 twice as likely to develop emotional and cognitive difficulties as those who start later

Children who start playing American football before the age of 12 are twice as likely to develop emotional and cognitive difficulties compared with those who start later, a Boston University School of Medicine study found.

Related: Study links longer football careers to more severe cases of CTE

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US authorities begin sending appointment slips to refugees but Peter Dutton declines to comment

Refugees on Nauru and Manus Island will soon learn whether they have been accepted for resettlement in the US, with the first to receive final determinations Wednesday morning.

Refugees within both of the Australian-run offshore processing centres have been given appointment notices indicating the first meetings will begin in the morning.

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Former German intelligence agent named as Roque M faced charge of attempting to share state secrets

A former German intelligence agent who was also once an actor in gay pornography has been given a one-year suspended sentence for attempting to share state secrets while pretending to be a jihadist online.

The 52-year-old, named as Roque M, was arrested last November in what initially appeared to be a case of an Islamist mole at work in Germany’s domestic spy agency.

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Track the route of the second powerful storm to hit the islands of the Caribbean this month

Hurricane Maria, the second major storm to hit the Caribbean this month, is threatening the US and British Virgin Islands as well as Puerto Rico after it caused widespread devastation to the small island country of Dominica on Tuesday.

Described as “extremely dangerous”, the storm hit Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, bringing fierce rain and maximum sustained winds of 155mph (250km/h).

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Zagreb language school’s marketing campaign tried to persuade Croats to emulate first lady by learning English

Billboards featuring Melania Trump and the slogan “Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English” have been removed from the Croatian capital after her lawyer threatened legal action.

The billboards were part of a marketing campaign by a private language school in Zagreb, which tried to persuade Croats to learn English by reminding them of the Slovenian-born US first lady’s personal experience.

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Video from the Russian media organisation RBC appears to show a combat helicopter firing at least one rocket into a group of onlookers. The incident happened during large-scale military exercises, known as the Zapad 2017 drills, close to Nato's borders, say local media. Three people are said to have been injured

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Three people injured after rocket from passing rotorcraft explodes near group of men during Zapad war games in Luzhsky

A Russian attack helicopter accidentally fired at least one rocket into a group of people during large-scale military exercises close to Nato’s borders, Russian media has reported.

Three people were injured in the incident at the Zapad 2017 drills, a source close to the Russian Ministry of Defence told RBC news agency. “They weren’t civilians,” the source said.

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Allegations against Karin Strenz drag scandal over payments to European politicians into German election campaign

Revelations over payments by Azerbaijan to European politicians have seeped into the German election as it emerged that a close ally of Angela Merkel allegedly received money from the authoritarian regime.

The revelations are embarrassing for the German chancellor who on Tuesday was due to campaign with Karin Strenz, a Christian Democrat member of parliament, in the Baltic port city of Wismar.

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Donald Tump and Xi Jinping speak on phone before US president addresses UN, where he is expected to call for global action against Pyongyang

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have agreed “to maximise pressure” on North Korea, the White House has announced, as the US president prepares to use his debut speech to the UN general assembly to urge global action against Pyongyang’s “hostile and dangerous behaviour”.

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Military sources say device took off from Damascus hours before Netanyahu is to address UN on the threat to Israel from Iran

Israel has shot down what it claims was an Iranian-supplied Hezbollah reconnaissance drone over the Syrian border only hours before a speech at the UN by the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in which he is expected to warn of the growing threat from Iran and its proxies on Israel’s northern border.

The drone, which Israeli military sources claimed took off from an airfield close to the Syrian capital, Damascus, was shot down by a Patriot missile from a battery deployed near the town of Safed just north of the Sea of Galilee.

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Bomb squad called out over object found under bridge near Milton Keynes, which led to closure of road in both directions

The M1 has been closed in both directions for over eight hours after a suspicious object was found under a motorway bridge during Tuesday morning’s rush hour.

The bomb squad was called out as the police investigated the package between junctions 15 and 14. Diversions are in place in both Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.

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Russian creator of the AK-47, used to kill an estimated 250,000 people a year, celebrated in controversial ceremony

A statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the inventor of the AK-47 assault rifle, has been unveiled in central Moscow in a controversial ceremony that merged military pomp with religious ritual.

The nine-metre (30ft) monument depicts Kalashnikov clutching his eponymous automatic weapon. Tuesday’s event was attended by high-ranking Russian officials including Vladimir Medinsky, the culture minister, and Petr Biryukov, Moscow’s deputy mayor.

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Arabic could become the fourth official language of the world Girlguiding movement, as Syria’s girl scout network wins international recognition

Badges are hard to come by, and camping trips difficult to arrange – but despite the war in Syria, a growing girl scouts movement will soon get official recognition.

Six years of vicious conflict have devastated the country and left 45% of the population displaced. But throughout, girl scouts have continued to work in government-controlled areas, running camping trips as well as sessions on citizenship and self-esteem. This week, Scouts of Syria will become an official member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, while Arabic could become the organisation’s fourth official language – following English, French and Spanish.

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Forced marriage is included for first time in worldwide statistics that show ‘money and debt’ to be at the heart of the exploitation

An estimated 40.3 million people were victims of modern slavery in 2016, a quarter of them children, according to new global slavery statistics released today.

The figures, from the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Walk Free Foundation, show 24.9 million people across the world were trapped in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriage last year. Children account for 10 million of the overall 40.3m total.

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An international alliance must create a plan for the fragile African states of the Sahel to prevent catastrophe in a region already buckling under the strain

Refugees fleeing conflict have already sent shockwaves ‎through the political systems of Europe. But unless we take urgent action now and help the countries of the Sahel, we will face the prospect of millions more refugees in the time to come.

A coordinated and comprehensive plan to partner these nations and help them to avoid catastrophe is essential for them and for us. It should be devised by an alliance between Europe, the US and Arab allies in the Gulf.

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A trio of vets in Afghanistan are braving bomb blasts and discrimination to head up an animal welfare practice and inspire a new generation of women

Unpredictable and indiscriminate bomb blasts don’t deter the three women heading up Afghanistan’s only large-scale animal shelter and veterinary clinic, in Kabul. Neither do the attitudes of the people who told them they couldn’t, or shouldn’t, be vets.

Afghanistan is one of the lowest-ranked countries in the world for gender equality. In this strictly patriarchal society, women are still traditionally married off soon after school age and remain housewives for the rest of their lives. They may face imprisonment for running away from home and many are still behind bars for “moral crimes”.

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Aid agencies in camps are overwhelmed as family tragedies unfold on Myanmar’s border

More than 400 babies have been born in the no man’s land between the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar in the past 15 days as 400,000 Rohingya people have fled from the violence, house burnings and gunfire in Rakhine state.

The Rohingya are trapped. Myanmar’s military has blamed insurgents for the latest round of violence. The UN has called the situation a “humanitarian disaster” and aid agencies are overwhelmed. About 80% of those fleeing are women and children – and there are babies being born along the way.

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Officials fear aid blockade could become permanent in region where Rohingya Muslims have reportedly been massacred by soldiers

The Myanmar government has taken control of aid operations in the country’s crisis-hit Rakhine state, as reports continue of massacres and “ethnic cleansing” by soldiers on the Muslim population there.

Senior officials and Human Rights Watch have told the Guardian they believe the move could become permanent, ending vital food and health programmes run by international agencies. Already there is an aid blockade on UN agencies that workers say is having a severe impact on malnourished children.

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UN agencies warn conflict and climate change are undermining food security, causing chronic undernourishment and threatening to reverse years of progress

The number of hungry people in the world has increased for the first time since the turn of the century, sparking concern that conflict and climate change could be reversing years of progress.

In 2016, the number of chronically undernourished people reached 815 million, up 38 million from the previous year. The increase is due largely to the proliferation of violence and climate-related shocks, according to the state of food insecurity and nutrition in 2017, a report produced by five UN agencies.

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Of the 2 million people who have fled violence in South Sudan since civil war broke out in 2013, more than half are in Uganda. About a quarter of a million are at Bidi Bidi in Uganda’s north, which has become the world’s largest refugee settlement. A series of stunning portraits by photojournalist Peter Caton shows people who walked for days, often without food, to escape South Sudan

All photographs by Peter Caton

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Government accused of systematic strategy in Rakhine state as Rohingya claim soldiers torched their homes and fired on them after urging them to leave

Satellite imagery has shown flames engulfing huge swaths of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, prompting accusations that state forces are adopting a deliberate and systematic scorched-earth campaign to drive out the Rohingya Muslim minority.

In addition to the satellite evidence, captured by Amnesty International, the Guardian has received video footage from Rohingya villagers fleeing their homes as they attempt to make their way to Bangladesh. The clips show fires burning in the distance and hundreds of people hiking up muddy jungle paths and crossing rivers with sacks and baskets crammed with their belongings. The Guardian has been shown at least two images of corpses.

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Research reveals funds pledged at London conference to get Syrian children into school have failed to materialise, arrived too late or proved untraceable

Millions of dollars pledged by world leaders to get more Syrian children into school failed to reach them, arrived too late or could not be traced due to poor reporting, researchers have claimed.

After tracking pledges made at last year’s London conference for Syria, Human Rights Watch said there were “large discrepancies” between the funding donors said was given to education and the amount that reached the intended target.

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The two are bound by their mutual loathing of Obama’s foreign policy deal, even as it sets them apart from other world leaders at the UN general assembly

Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in New York on Monday, at the start of a week in which they intend to launch a concerted assault at the United Nations against the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

The US and Israeli leaders are expected to use their speeches to the UN general assembly on Tuesday to highlight the threat to Middle East stability and security represented by Tehran.

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US president says ‘long gas lines’ are forming in the rogue state, an unlikely claim in a country where most people don’t own a car

New international sanctions against North Korea have led to a spike in petrol prices, but there is little evidence for US claims that the country is being “economically strangled” or that motorists are panic-buying petrol.

On Sunday, Donald Trump combined a taunt aimed at the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, with the assertion that the country’s citizens were queuing for petrol before the latest round of sanctions hits supplies.

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It has been a bumper year for Islamophobia in the US. At times, it feels as if all I can do is keep my head down and ride out the storm

On 26 May, a white supremacist stabbed two people to death in my adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon. Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche confronted their killer when they saw him shouting Islamophobic slurs at a pair of teenage girls on a city train. In response, he slashed their throats and ran.

The man who committed this crime did so because he felt entitled to harass Muslims. And he knew at least one of the young women sitting in front of him was Muslim, not because he had any meaningful understanding of her religion, but because he saw the garment covering her hair.

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As Trump turned to Democrats for a second time in two weeks, Republicans were left stunned while his base howled in anger. What is his strategy?

“He likes us,” Chuck Schumer said. “He likes me, anyway.”

The Democratic minority leader, talking with glee to his Republican counterpart Mitch McConnell, was caught by a live microphone on the Senate floor. Schumer continued: “Here’s what I told him: I said, ‘Mr President, you’re much better off if you can sometimes step right and sometimes step left. If you have to step just in one direction, you’re boxed.’ He gets that.”

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South Korean president’s new stance, that ‘dialogue is impossible’, will be welcomed by Japan, US and UK

North Korea’s latest missile launch may be the latest in a long line, and widely predicted, but familiarity is not reassuring. The 2,300-mile (3,700km) flight of the missile – further than any missile tested by the regime – over Japan only serves to sharpen the policy choices facing the rest of the world.

The most immediate diplomatic impact, apart from another call for an emergency meeting of the UN security council, is that Pyongyang’s decision has put paid to South Korea’s lingering interest in reviving talks with its northern neighbours.

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Here is everything you need to know about the program that gives temporary protection to undocumented migrants who arrived in the US as children

The Trump administration announced last week that it planned to scrap Daca, the program that gives temporary protection to undocumented migrants who arrived in the US as children.

Attorney general Jeff Sessions said the US would end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in March 2018, throwing almost 800,000 people into turmoil and fear. Congress was given up to six months to find a legislative alternative, after Sessions announced that new applications would no longer be accepted.

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Despite the European commission chief’s ambitions, opposing national interests may mean some policies will remain slogans

Never mind the Brexit. If Jean-Claude Juncker had a message for the UK in his state of the union speech on Wednesday, this was it.

“[Brexit] is not the be all and end all,” the European commission president said, devoting around two minutes to the trauma of Britain’s EU exit in an address that ran for one hour and spanned a range of topics from geopolitics to fishfingers. “The wind is back in Europe’s sails,” he declared. And it appears the EU is sailing in a more federalist direction.

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Following North Korea’s most powerful nuclear test to date, we chart the country’s progress in developing a nuclear weapon that can credibly threaten the US

North Korea’s efforts to develop a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the US mainland have accelerated during the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. The country’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has presided over a series of successful missile tests, including North Korea’s first launch of an ICBM on 4 July, a development he promised in a televised new year’s address. Like all tests, the missile came down in the sea but its trajectory was thought to place Alaska in range of a live strike.

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With the ruling rightwing bloc of parties and the opposition neck and neck, smaller parties may find themselves kingmakers

Norway goes to the polls on 11 September to decide whether the Conservative prime minister, Erna Solberg, or her Labour rival, Jonas Gahr Støre, will lead the country for the next four years.

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The president’s dismissal of scientific research is doing nothing to protect the livelihoods of ordinary Americans

As the US comes to terms with its second major weather disaster within a month, an important question is whether the devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma will convince Donald Trump and his administration of the reality of climate change.

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Hurricane Maria, a category five hurricane, has made landfall in Dominica and battered nearby Martinique and Guadeloupe. The Caribbean is still recovering after Hurricane Irma destroyed areas of Barbuda and the British and US Virgin Islands. Maria is set to reach Puerto Rico and The Bahamas 

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On 17 June, a fire swept through the forests of central Portugal, killing 64 people and destroying more than 480 houses. After a summer of record numbers of wildfires across southern Europe, the Guardian travelled to devastated villages in Portugal to find out why the June fire was so deadly, and what can be done to prevent it happening again

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Former Democratic presidential candidate says Donald Trump and his administration ‘are posing a clear and present danger to the future of our country’ at an event prompting her new book, What Happened

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The leader of Myanmar has broken her silence on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, saying she does not “fear international scrutiny” and that the government was still assessing allegations of atrocities

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The US president is considering having a military parade in Washington on independence day – potentially as soon as next year – after being impressed by a show of strength by the French armed forces while in Paris on Bastille Day

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Addressing world leaders at the United Nations, Donald Trump urged the UN secretary general, António Guterres, to 'cut through the bureaucracy' and bring reforms to an 'outdated' UN system. He also called on member states to drive reforms that would 'change business as usual'

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In protest at the acquittal of a white former police officer over the death of a black man, hundreds  of people have taken to the streets of downtown St Louis. Riot police made dozens of arrests throughout the night. Former officer Jason Stockley was found not guilty for the 2011 death of Anthony Lamar Smith

Police officers chant after breaking up protests

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A week on from the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, Florida Keys residents are finding strength in one another as they try to piece together their homes and make sense of what happened

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A selection of images from around the world including Liberal Democrat mugs and Dutch-style cabins on a Chinese island

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