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7 Reasons You Want Referral Business and How to Get Them


Studies have proven that there is one reason why people don't do more referral business: they don't ask. There are two reasons why, they forget or they don't have a strong enough relationship with their clients, so they don't feel comfortable The truth is every professional should strive to have all of their business be referral because the benefits of referral business are undeniable and extensive.
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Top 10 Ways Websites Makes Me Suffer


I believe some people create and publish websites for the sole purpose of tormenting their visitors. Browsing various websites and navigating the Web can often be like trying to read on an airplane while a kid kicks the back of your seat and the baby next to you alternates between screaming, crying and drooling on you.

Business Profitability - 10 Ways To Boost


10 Ways to Boost your ProfitabilitySo many business owners work hard - really hard - just to break even or keep afloat. Each one of us deserves reward for our efforts, whether that be financial or personal.

Wealth Building Scams


I have some good news and I have some bad news. First the good news.

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


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

Ten Ways to Strengthen Your Reading Habit


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

Ten Tips for Cross Cultural Communication


Here are some simple tips to help you improve your cross cultural communication skills: 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


'Tis the season to give. And finding the right gift to give the people on your team can be challenging.

Top Seven Reasons to Publicize your Business with Articles


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

Top Ten Tips for Online Publishing Success


Use the checklist below to make sure your article, tip, or book excerpt will get published and make you a household name on the Internet. 1.

Top Ten Things to Do to Make your Signature File Sell


Always include a powerful signature on every email you send out, even to friends. It's even more important when you send out articles to opt-in ezines (no spam) and top web sites in your field--more important than your article's message.

The Top Ten Ways to Attract Buyers, Not Just Visitors to your Web Site


Have you put a lot of effort, time, and money into your site and are frustrated with low sales? If you are like many professionals out there, you know your subject; you are excellent at your craft. You have a great service and maybe a great product to sell.

Plan Your Success In Seven Ways


Many businesses lose money yearly because they don't think creatively about the future. They run their businesses doing what they think they should: dealing with customers, dealing with problems, ordering for their business, and paying their expenses.

Want a Web Site that Turns Lookie Loos into Buyers? Seven Passion Copywriting Tips


Web Site Blues? Need one, don't know where to start? Got one, but aren't getting enough sales? If you need a Web site soon you may be wondering where to start and who to trust. All Web masters are not equal.

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Constitutional court will decide whether to uphold motion and remove Park from office

South Korea’s parliament has voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal that could lead to her becoming the country’s first democratically elected leader to be removed from office.

Related: South Korea impeachment vote: the key facts behind a presidential crisis

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Rescue group says volunteers fear for their lives as Syrian army, backed by Iranian militia, approaches rebel-held areas

The Syrian White Helmets rescue group has urged international organisations to protect its volunteers in rebel-held parts of eastern Aleppo, warning that they face torture and execution.

The rescue group said it believed it had less than 48 hours before the Syrian army, backed by Iranian militia, reached the districts in which it has been operating.

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Alison Jackson says ‘litigious’ president could have chilling effect on artistic freedom as she publishes book featuring Trump lookalike

Artist Alison Jackson has said that she chose to self-publish spoof photographs of Donald Trump as part of a protest against the potentially chilling effect a “litigious” president could have on artistic freedom.

The celebrity lookalike specialist said she was warned by her lawyers against publishing the images, some of which feature a Trump lookalike in compromising situations, and that no book publisher was prepared to release a collection of the Trump images.

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Glenn served 24 years as a US senator from Ohio and later became the oldest person to be sent into space

John Glenn, a former astronaut and US senator for almost quarter of a century, has died in Ohio aged 95.

Glenn died on Thursday afternoon at the James cancer hospital in Columbus, according to Hank Wilson of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. Ohio governor John Kasich also confirmed the news on Twitter.

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Activity on Ladd Reef in Spratly Islands runs risk of angering Beijing and Taiwan

Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the communist state to bolster its claims in the strategically important waterway.

Activity visible on Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands could anger Hanoi’s main South China Sea rival, Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the group and most of the resource-rich sea.

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Lawsuit over extent of CEO’s control of company shows board voted to give him two-year leave if he serves ‘in a government position or office’

Mark Zuckerberg may intend to pursue government service while retaining control of Facebook, according to recently unsealed court filings in a case pitting the CEO against minority investors.

The class-action lawsuit was first filed in late April, after Zuckerberg proposed a corporate shake-up that would dilute the voting power of shareholders – giving him “eternal control” of the company, in the words of the shareholders’ lawyers. Text messages excerpted in the court documents reveal that Zuckerberg and two board members discussed the CEO’s possible government service, and argued about how to present it to shareholders.

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Ramzan Kadyrov offers vocal support for close ally Vladimir Putin amid reports of Chechen battalions being readied for transit

Chechnya’s strongman leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, has said that troops in the Russian province would be happy to fight the “scum” in Syria if they receive the Kremlin order.

Related: Murder in Istanbul: Kremlin's hand suspected in shooting of Chechen

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United Nations high commissioner for human rights says bill to retroactively legalise settler homes is a clear violation of international law

The UN human rights chief has strongly criticized a bill in Israel that would legalise some 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank, saying it would clearly violate international law.

Israeli lawmakers voted on Wednesday to advance the bill, which would retroactively legalise settler homes built on private Palestinian land.

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Friends and family mourn the victims of the devastating ‘Ghost Ship’ warehouse fire that sent shockwaves through the vibrant underground scene

The victims of the devastating fire that killed 36 people in Oakland, California, were artists, musicians, activists, community organizers and other young people who came together for a party at the “Ghost Ship” warehouse on Friday night.

Related: Oakland warehouse fire is product of housing crisis, say artists and advocates

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In rare public appearance since losing the election, Clinton alluded to ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy in which a man opened fire after reading a false news story

Hillary Clinton issued a call to action against the “epidemic” of fake news in a rare public appearance since her unexpected loss to Donald Trump.

The Democratic presidential nominee warned that the proliferation of false news stories online can have “real world consequences”, alluding to an incident over the weekend in which a man opened fire at Comet Ping Pong after reading a false news story that purported the DC pizzeria was harboring children as part of a sex ring led by Clinton. No one was injured.

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Dream run ends for Canada’s governing Liberal party after reports that rich donors got privileged access to prime minister and cabinet members at events

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has become embroiled in allegations of holding cash-for-access political fundraisers in developments that could tarnish his image as a youthful reformer.

Trudeau was pressed hard by opposition leaders on Thursday about newspaper reports that select donors to the ruling Liberal party enjoyed privileged access to fundraising events where the prime minister and cabinet members spoke.

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Fragment complete with fossilised bones and traces of muscles, ligaments and mummified-looking skin dates from around 99 million years ago

A length of fluffy plumage discovered within a piece of amber has been identified as part of a dinosaur tail, offering new insights into the evolution of feathers.

Around 3.7cm long, with chestnut-coloured feathers on the top and pale feathers underneath, the tail was found complete with fossilised bones as well as traces of muscles, ligaments and mummified-looking skin.

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Prince Laurent, younger brother of King Philippe, told a journalist ‘This is really starting to piss me off’ when quizzed about his business ventures

The king of the Belgians’ younger brother faces a dressing down from the country’s prime minister after demanding that politicians and the royal family “stop bugging” him over claims his business ventures are losing money.

The summons from the prime minister, Charles Michel, amid some concern for the stability of the monarchy, came after Prince Laurent, a sports car-loving 53-year-old, let off steam at a journalist who quizzed him over the financial health of his renewable energy interests.

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Ride-share company releases guidelines that include no vomiting and other ‘not OK’ behaviors that could see people permanently banned from service

Uber released a new set of rules for passengers on Thursday, banning vandalism, “vomiting due to excessive alcohol consumption” and flirting.

It is the first time Uber has published specific guidelines for passengers. The rules set out specific examples of unacceptable behaviour, and people flouting the rules could be permanently banned from the service.

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FEC report shows Donald Trump laid out $94m in last push for White House while Hillary Clinton spent $132m and cemented herself as biggest fundraiser

Donald Trump’s campaign spent about $94m in its final push for the White House, according to new fundraising reports.

The Republican continued his campaign-long trend of spending far less than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Her campaign spent almost $132m in its closing weeks, according to reports filed on Thursday with the Federal Election Commission. The latest reports cover 20 October to 28 November.

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Here are some of the best images that agency photographers sent to the Guardian picture desk this year. The overall winner will be announced on 21 December

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Ghaith Abdul-Ahad visits Houthi-held areas of Yemen being bombed out of existence by Saudi warplanes

The ruins carpeted the city market, rippling outwards in waves of destruction. Broken beams, collapsed roofs, exploded metal shutters and fossilised merchandise crumbled underfoot.

In one of the burnt-out shells of the shops where raisins, nuts, fabrics, incense and stone pots were traded for hundreds of years, all that was to be found was a box of coke bottles, a sofa and a child nailing wooden sticks together.

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Eve was repeatedly raped by her father. Her long, lonely battle for redress exposes deep flaws in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s legal framework

When Eve* walked into the courtroom to face her father, who had raped her since she was 13, his family was waiting. As she made her way to her seat, they got up and stood in her path. They scratched her, yanked her long hair back, and hit her.

A relative, Lydia*, who had also been repeatedly raped by Eve’s father, had agreed to testify on her behalf. That gave her courage.

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City Without Jews premiered in Vienna in 1924. Now the original version, lost for 90 years, has been saved from decay

It is the end of the first world war, inflation is soaring and the inhabitants of a German-speaking city are starting to turn on each other. Politicians are quick to find a scapegoat: “The people,” the chancellor announces, “demand the expulsion of all Jews.”

What may sound like a snippet from a history book about the Third Reich is in fact the synopsis of a film produced at a time when the Nazi party was still banned and Adolf Hitler was putting the finishing touches to Mein Kampf in a Munich prison cell.

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Belarusian politician recalls his role 25 years ago in reaching deal that led to breakup of USSR without major bloodshed

The man whose signature in effect dissolved the Soviet Union 25 years ago on Thursday has admitted that was not his intention as he travelled to the fateful meeting.

Related: 'Democracy was hijacked. It got a bad name': the death of the post-Soviet dream

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Founder of app that helps pregnant women says governments must not rely on technology to plug gaps in basic services

African governments are using technological advances as an excuse to continue neglecting systemic problems in health, education, energy and other basic services, a prominent entrepreneur has claimed.

“Over the past few years we’ve been talking a lot about leapfrogging health systems using mobile phones, but I am uncomfortable with the word because it implies that we can compromise local standards,” says Alain Nteff, founder of Gifted Mom, which gives pregnant women and new mothers potentially life-saving information.

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Copies of manual, with tips on civil disobedience, given to schools and libraries after Trump victory threatens Nato alliance

The Lithuanian defence ministry has issued 30,000 copies of an instruction manual advising citizens on what to do in the event of a Russia-led invasion.

The release of the 75-page paperback, entitled Guide to Active Resistance, comes amid increased fears of Russian aggression following the election of Donald Trump, who stated during his campaign that he would review the US’s position on defending Nato allies.

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Despite social and sporting progress, even the best teams at the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations struggle to fund friendlies

Shortly after the opening ceremony of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the hosts declared that when it came to football there was “no distinction” in the support given to men and women.

Despite this goal, female players report that as in many areas of life, there is still a stark divide in opportunities, and players at the tournament say the game is suffering from neglect. Africa’s best women’s team doesn’t have enough money for friendlies, and players describe having fought patriarchy at every level to get where they are today.

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Installation features used knickers said to illustrate number of attacks that take place against women each day

Thousands of pairs of used knickers have been hung above the streets of Johannesburg as part of an installation to raise awareness about the country’s record rates of rape.

Devised by two sexual assault survivors, the installation consists of washing lines 1,200 metres long displaying 3,600 pairs of pants – matching the number of rapes estimated to occur on a daily basis, according to the artists.

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Shavkat Mirziyoyev expected to continue Islam Karimov’s iron-fisted rule in Uzbekistan, which has no free press or opposition

Uzbeks will elect a new leader for the first time in more than 25 years on Sunday. Just don’t expect a Trump-like upset.

About 18 million people are eligible to vote for a successor to Islam Karimov, the long-time dictator who died in September after ruling Uzbekistan ever since it gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

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Descendant given document revealing chain of responsibility for death, from Soviet leader to three executioners

A young designer in Russia plans to sue the state in an unprecedented case after an archivist sent him evidence appearing to name the agents of Joseph Stalin’s secret police who executed his great-grandfather.

Denis Karagodin, 34, received the document in the post after repeated requests to the Federal Security Service (FSB) for information about the circumstances of his great-grandfather’s execution.

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Campaigners say thousands of vulnerable people are being held without trial as MPs look to extend Lagos ban nationwide

With Nigeria’s parliament poised to extend a controversial law banning the “menace of street begging” throughout the country, campaigners are warning the policy has already resulted in the persecution of tens of thousands of disabled and mentally ill citizens.

Street begging is illegal in Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city, and carries fines of around N15,000 (£38) and up to three months’ imprisonment. Those who fail to pay the fine are incarcerated until they are able to pay up.

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The Kremlin has joined forces with Chinese authorities to bring the internet and its users under greater state control

Russia has been working on incorporating elements of China’s Great Firewall into the “Red Web”, the country’s system of internet filtering and control, after unprecedented cyber collaboration between the countries.

A decision earlier this month to block the networking site LinkedIn in Russia is the most visible in a series of measures to bring the internet under greater state control.

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Hunger follows displaced people around north-east Nigeria, as Boko Haram and climate change drive millions from their homes

As Ali Kawu eases his handcart to a halt on a recent morning in north-east Nigeria, it is the first time he has dared to stop walking in more than 24 hours.

A day earlier, at 8am, Boko Haram militants raided his village. Kawu, 25, escaped with what he could – his wife, their three children, and kindling for a fire. They left behind their papers, six sacks of beans, up to 15 dead neighbours, and 10 kidnapped villagers. Then they walked all day and all night.

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Independence 25 years ago promised to bring freedom and prosperity to central Asia, but kleptocratic regimes have left many yearning for the past

The road out of Kommunizm, a small town in southern Tajikistan, is badly paved and bumpy. Like most things here it was built long ago, when the ruling ideology that gave the settlement its name was still thriving.

Home to just 7,000 inhabitants, Kommunizm was at the very edge of the Russian empire, first tsarist then Soviet; a mere 50 miles from Kunduz in northern Afghanistan.

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The London mayor insists he can honour his election pledges by making his transport agency operate more efficiently

Rows about the finances of Transport for London (TfL) were prominent during this year’s election campaign and also a bit odd. For years, Conservatives had claimed that the large and powerful mayoral agency is a bloated bureaucracy in need of ruthless trimming, yet there was the Tory candidate – a Mr Goldsmith, you might recall - insisting that it could not cope with its fares being frozen for four years, while Labour man Sadiq Khan was pledging to transform it into a paragon of enterprise and efficiency.

Seven months on from Khan’s big win, the first TfL business plan of his mayoralty has appeared. The sums are there on paper. So are Khan’s ambitious promises. Political opponents, naturally, say neither add up, with Tory AM Keith Prince worrying that the number crunching bites too deeply into TfL’s reserves and even using the word “socialist” to describe them - on Her Majesty’s BBC too! He also points out, quite correctly, that borrowing is going to soar.

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Victoria, Queensland and SA reject agreement on competition reform in meeting that also saw deal to reclassify Adler shotgun to tightest possible restrictions

Malcolm Turnbull has faced a revolt from state premiers demanding more spending on infrastructure and Labor premiers rejecting competition law reform at the Council of Australian Governments meeting.

After Friday’s meeting in Canberra, Turnbull announced that Victoria, Queensland and South Australia had rejected an agreement on competition and productivity reforms from the Harper review, although the other states and territories signed up.

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All teachers must be ‘staunch supporters’ of party governance, says president in what experts called an effort to reassert control

Chinese authorities must intensify ideological controls on academia and turn universities into Communist party “strongholds”, President Xi Jinping has declared in a major address.

“Higher education ... must adhere to correct political orientation,” Xi said in a high-profile speech to top party leaders and university chiefs that was delivered at a two-day congress on “ideological and political work” in Beijing.

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9 December 1953: The US president hoped a new body under the aegis of the UN would oversee the control, storage, and protection of the materials that go into hydrogen and atomic bombs

President Eisenhower to-day proposed the creation of an international atomic energy agency under the aegis of the United Nations, to be responsible for the firm control, storage, and protection of the materials that go into hydrogen and atomic bombs.

Russia would be one of the partners and President Eisenhower told the United Nations General Assembly that the United States would be more than willing to work with Russia in the development of plans for peaceful use of atomic energy. Furthermore, he went on, he was prepared to submit to Congress “with every expectation of approval” an international four-point plan to take the world out of the shadows of possible atomic conflict.

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Contenders are lining up to replace Park Geun-hye, who could become the first democratically elected leader to be forced from office

South Korea’s president, Park Geun-hye is confronting the most damaging political crisis of her four-year presidency. At the centre of the scandal is her relationship with Choi Soon-sil, a close friend of 40 years who is being investigated on suspicion of exerting undue influence on the leader.

On Friday she faced a vote by MPs in which they decided to impeach her.

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Every village will get two point-of-sale machines, promises finance minister in bid to ease anger at sudden removal of 500- and 1,000-rupee notes

Tens of thousands of Indian villages will soon be equipped with card-swiping machines to boost cashless payments, the finance minister promised on Thursday, a month after the government banned high-value banknotes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sparked chaos with his shock announcement last month that all 500- and 1,000-rupee notes – which make up 85% of bills in circulation – would cease to be legal tender.

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Relatives of some of the 29 men who died in the New Zealand pit disaster are guarding its entrance to prevent the mine’s owner blocking it with concrete

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EU affairs spokesman for Denmark’s second-largest party apologises for saying they should be fired at, and suggests a warning shot instead

A Danish lawmaker has said he regretted saying migrants sailing to Europe should “be fired at” if they crossed the continent’s “territorial waters”. He clarified his remarks to say “warning shots” should be fired instead.

Kenneth Kristensen Berth is a member of the anti-immigration and populist Danish People’s party, the country’s second-largest party and a government ally.

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Relatives of some of the 29 men who died in the New Zealand pit are guarding its entrance to prevent the mine’s owner blocking it with concrete

It has just gone six in the morning when Bernie Monk emerges through the cloying mist of Grey valley and is handed a mug of steaming coffee. The eyes of two dozen protesters turn to the burly publican as he swats sandflies from his face and begins to speak.

“I’ve got a good plan,” he tells the group gathered in a semi-circle, wrapped up in beanies and khaki oilskins against a southerly battering New Zealand’s west coast. “A plan that will stop any bastards getting up there again.”

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Quake of 7.7 magnitude had put residents on alert in Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and other island countries

Buildings have been damaged in the Solomon Islands after a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast early on Friday, but fears of a tsunami receded after initial warnings to numerous islands.

Loti Yates, from the National Disaster Management Office in the capital Honiara, told Australia’s ABC there were reports of houses crumbling in parts of the country, including on the island of Makira, the largest in Makira-Ulawa province.

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Alessandro Di Battista hints at Italy’s possible exit from single currency as key issue for next election after PM resigns

A top official in the Italian anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) is ratcheting up his party’s call for a referendum on the euro, signalling that Italy’s possible exit from the single currency could become a central issue in the next election.

Alessandro Di Battista, 38, who is a prime contender to represent M5S in the next poll, said in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt that he did not support an exit from the EU but did support a referendum on the euro.

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Piece of board found by one of seven relatives who flew to Indian Ocean island to raise awareness of need to hand in debris thought to be from plane

A Chinese man who travelled to Madagascar in search of answers to the disappearance of his mother on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has found a possible piece of debris from the plane during a search of the country’s beaches.

Jiang Hui, 44, is one of seven relatives who flew to the Indian Ocean island on Saturday to raise awareness of the debris that has been washing up on its beaches in ever-increasing amounts and conduct preliminary searches.

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Businesswoman will be the first woman prominently displayed on Canadian banknote in latest move by prime minister to promote gender equality

Viola Desmond, a black businesswoman who challenged racial segregation in Canada in 1946, will be the new face of the C$10 bill, the government said on Thursday, making her the first Canadian woman to be prominently featured on a banknote.

Desmond refused to leave a whites-only Nova Scotia movie theater in an incident that took place nearly a decade before Rosa Parks’ refusal to move to the segregated part of a bus in the United States. Desmond was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined.

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Two activists and a lawyer involved in campaign are claiming aggravated damages from K2 Intelligence Ltd

A leading corporate intelligence firm infiltrated the worldwide campaign to ban asbestos in a sophisticated and long-running espionage campaign, the high court in London has heard.

Over a period of four years, the court was told, a spy working for K2 Intelligence Ltd masqueraded as a sympathetic documentary maker in order to gather a mass of sensitive material about the leading figures in the campaign, their methods, funding and future plans.

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Only 8,162 people of the promised 160,000 have been resettled from the two countries at the frontline of the migration crisis

European countries have relocated only one in 20 of the refugees they promised to shelter, amid continuing deep divisions over how the continent should help growing numbers fleeing war and persecution.

More than a year after the EU promised to disperse 160,000 refugees from overstretched Greece and Italy to other EU countries, only 8,162 people have been found a home, figures from the European commission show.

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Qiaodan Sports Co ordered to stop using basketball star’s name in Chinese script but court rules it can still use phonetic version in English

Michael Jordan has won part of his trademark case against a China-based sportswear company, following the retired basketball star’s years-long struggle for control over the rights to his Chinese name.

In a ruling by the Chinese supreme court, Qiaodan Sports Co, based in south-eastern Fujian province, must stop using the Chinese characters for Qiaodan on its merchandise, according to a transcript of court records posted on an official website.

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Our friend Gerry Jones, who has died aged 70 of cancer, was a committed political activist who campaigned for socialist causes all his life and founded a migrant support group in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, to help new workers to settle into the UK.

Gerry was born in Coventry to James Jones, a worker at the Rootes car factory, and his wife, Ester (“Essie”). He attended Holy Family primary school and then Cardinal Wiseman comprehensive. After leaving school at 15, Gerry also went to work at Rootes – later owned by Chrysler and then Peugeot – where he was a member of the Transport and General Workers’ Union (now part of Unite).

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‘If you come to our country, don’t expect that you will be taken care of,’ says French far-right leader

The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has proposed that children of immigrants who are in the country illegally should be refused school places as part of tough measures to restrict state services.

“I’ve got nothing against foreigners but I say to them: if you come to our country, don’t expect that you will be taken care of, treated [by the health system] and that your children will be educated for free,” Le Pen said.

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At least 50 women disappeared in the Veracruz capital of Xalapa over three nights in 2011 – just some of the thousands of victims in the 10-year battle against drug trafficking

Lizbeth Amores dropped off her son at her mother’s house before heading to a house party with her friend Verenice Guevara. They were last seen at a bar popular with local gangsters.

The following night, María de Jesús Marthen was among a dozen or so young women invited to a private party at a ranch about an hour east of the city centre. On her way to the event, Marthen messaged her boyfriend, pleading for help.

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Politicians call for American air-drop technology known as JPads to be used to supply besieged Syrian civilians, but militaries reported to be reluctant

Western diplomats have conceded that there are no technical obstacles to a plan to deliver airdrops of food and medicine to Aleppo using a GPS-guided parachute system, but the scheme has been stalled in the face of reluctance among military commanders and an absence of political will.

Diplomats and military from six governments – including the UK, US, France and Germany – have now seen the detailed operational plan proposed by an aid agency, which has been circulating among western officials for over a month.

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Jérôme Cahuzac, appointed by Hollande to lead clampdown on wealthy avoiders, hid cash in a secret Swiss account for 20 years

Jérôme Cahuzac, the minister who led François Hollande’s drive for a more honest tax system, has been sentenced to three years in prison for tax fraud and secretly stashing his wealth in tax havens around the world.

The deeply damaging saga, in which Cahuzac spearheaded the left’s crusade against tax avoidance while secretly hiding millions of euros of his own money from French tax authorities, was the biggest scandal to hit Hollande’s presidency.

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University expelled Pete Cresswell after 1970 sit-in over its investments in South Africa and chancellor’s ‘racialism’

Liverpool University is to give a former student an honorary degree, 46 years after it expelled him for protesting against apartheid.

Pete Cresswell was forced to leave in 1970 after taking part in the occupation of Liverpool University’s Senate House, alongside the future Channel 4 newsreader, Jon Snow.

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Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, one of six people who survived the plane crash that killed 71 people last month, says on Wednesday he will soon be back in Brazil. In a video released by Colombia’s San Vicente Fundación hospital, where he is being treated, the Chapecoense defender is seen walking around his hospital room and thanking supporters

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Six weeks after the Calais migrant camp was demolished, unaccompanied minors scattered around France are still waiting to hear of their fate from the Home Office. Lisa O’Carroll, Mat Heywood and John Domokos meet one young refugee who fled death in Darfur desperate to be reunited with his radiographer brother in Liverpool

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Having once led the National party to worst ever electoral defeat, the farmer turned politician is now getting a chance at the top job

A socially conservative former farmer with 11 siblings is set to become the next prime minister of New Zealand, after Bill English’s rivals withdrew from the leadership race on Thursday.

English led the National party to its worst ever defeat in 2002, but the former deputy prime minister and three-term finance minister says he has “grown” since then, and has “much more energy” now the youngest of his six children are teenagers.

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Nearly 100 people have died in the latest disaster to hit Aceh as hopes fade of finding people alive in the rubble

Aftershocks have rattled the survivors of a devastating earthquake in Indonesia that killed nearly 100 people as officials urgently appealed for medicine and doctors to treat the hundreds injured.

The fresh tremors hampered rescue efforts in Aceh province on Sumatra where a shallow 6.5-magnitude quake levelled hundreds of homes, mosques and businesses on Wednesday.

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From 1977 to 2001, photographer Richard Sandler regularly walked the streets of New York and Boston, capturing all that the streets had to offer

The Eyes of the City by Richard Sandler is published by powerHouse books


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Once notorious for bedbugs and crime, the Regent Park social housing development has been transformed with a $1bn revitalisation – and more than a few luxury apartments. But has it managed to avoid social cleansing?

Paintbox Bistro is a typical modern restaurant: high ceilings, framed art and hand-built wooden tables, serving everything from snacks to wraps to flank steak by a chef who did time in trendy Toronto eateries. It’s a description that could apply to many of the restaurants that regularly pop up (and back down) throughout Canada’s foodie capital. Except Paintbox Bistro has a twist: it is located in what used to be the city’s roughest neighbourhood, Regent Park.

A 69-acre housing project known for bedbugs and crime, Regent Park became especially notorious in 2005, when a member of the Point Blank Soulijahs gang – an offshoot of the Regent Park Crew – shot dead a 15-year-old bystander near the Eaton Centre, the biggest mall in the downtown core. The killing shocked Toronto; several years later, in 2012, fighting between the gang’s descendants, the Sic Thugz, led to another weekend shootout.

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Norwich has the highest proportion of residents describing themselves as having no religion, while Berlin has been called the ‘atheist capital of Europe’. But what about the rest of the world? And is such an assessment meaningful?

Discovering how many people in a given city believe in God (or not) is an almost superhuman task. In territories controlled or influenced by Islamic State, for example, the risks to declared non-believers are drastic and obvious. On the other side of the coin, the state atheism promulgated by the leaders of the Soviet Union meant that believers were stigmatised at best, persecuted at worst.

As sociology professor Phil Zuckerman pointed out in an essay in The Cambridge Companion to Atheism, even the terminology of religious belief can throw up roadblocks to understanding. If my idea of religious practice is a good deal looser than yours, can we have a meaningful conversation about which cities are godless and which are not?

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In Singapore, where life expectancy is soaring, the elderly are encouraged to exchange retirement for arduous jobs that often pay badly – yet many of its citizens, including Wong Kuan Ying, are only too keen to oblige

At first glance, Wong Kuan Ying looks like a typical Singaporean boss, with her smart, full-length trousers and impeccable posture, even at the end of a nine-hour shift. Her colleagues in Singapore’s West Coast Market Square food court are dressed more casually, in shorts and T-shirts. Some of them look past the working age: you avert your eyes from their tired knees; they avert their eyes when you thank them.

Kuan Ying tells me she is 72 but she doesn’t look it. Each day when she gets home, however, she has to unscrew her right leg from below the knee. Acute diabetes has left her missing the lower part of one leg, and all the toes from her other foot.

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Seiring merebaknya sentimen negatif terhadap komunitas LGBT di Indonesia – dengan proposal untuk mengkriminalisasi hubungan seks sesama jenis dan kecaman dari pejabat publik – kaum muda Jakarta berbagi kisah diskriminasi dan harapan mereka untuk masa depan

Tahun 2016 adalah tahun dimana diskriminasi terhadap komunitas lesbian, gay, biseksual dan transgender terlihat semakin terang-benderang. Saat ini, Mahkamah Konstitusi (MK) sedang mempertimbangkan uji materil beberapa pasal dalam Peraturan Hukum Pidana atau Kitab Undang-Undang Hukum Pidana (KUHP) yang nantinya akan bisa dipakai untuk menghukum pelaku hubungan seksual sesama jenis.

Kelompok konservatif Islami yang melayangkan petisi ini, Aliansi Cinta Keluarga, berpendapat bahwa hukum di Indonesia seharusnya mengandung nilai-nilai yang berlawanan dengan nilai-nilai liberalisme yang dipeluk oleh masyarakat Barat sana. Patrialis Akbar, salah satu hakim di MK, mengatakan: “kebebasan dibatasi nilai-nilai moral. Kemudian dibatasi nilai-nilai agama … Kita sangat berbeda karena kita bukan negara sekuler. Negara ini mengakui agama.”

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From eco housing to cowboy cantinas, art galleries to poetry readings, the Mexican border city is moving on from its recent violent past

Margaritas in a desert town

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While much of the world has focused on Brazil’s sporting, political and economic news, photographer Tomer Ifrah has spent the past year capturing small events of daily life in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

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From bronze-age Iraq’s market-driven cities to the riches of Antwerp to the tech revolution in India, Greg Clark identifies the many waves of urban globalisation in an extract from his new book, Global Cities

History shows that cities have tended to embrace international opportunities in waves and cycles. They rarely break out into global activity by themselves. Cities participate in collective movements or networks to take advantage of new conditions, and often their demise or withdrawal from a global orientation is also experienced jointly with other cities as circumstances change, affecting many at once.

The world’s first great market-driven cities were established more than 4,000 years ago in the early bronze age, and their rich history is only now beginning to be understood. An urban revolution was taking place, with most residents of what is today southern Iraq living in cities, and this process of urbanisation was accompanied by trade on a new scale.

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Denmark’s capital has reached a milestone in its journey to become a cycling city – there are now more bikes than cars on the streets. Can other cities follow?

Bicycle sensors in Copenhagen clocked a new record this month: there are now more bikes than cars in the heart of the city. In the last year, 35,080 more bikes have joined the daily roll, bringing the total number to 265,700, compared with 252,600 cars.

Copenhagen municipality has been carrying out manual traffic counts at a number of city centre locations since 1970, when there were 351,133 cars and 100,071 bikes. In 2009, the city installed its first electric bike counter by city hall, with 20 now monitoring traffic across the city.

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From London to Lagos, cities across the world are reacting to the rise in begging with a variety of often controversial measures. But what is the right response to this complicated human story – from cities and residents alike?

According to the latest surveys, there are now more than 400,000 beggars in India, of which around 46% are female. Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka alone is thought to contain 40,000.

For other cities, however, begging is a much more recent, if growing, phenomenon – and often a controversial one. While the reasons for this global rise are complex, the responses to the issue vary both in their severity and their success rates.

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Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss also perform modestly in study of quality and transparency of efforts by leading fashion firms to protect against forced labour

Prada, one of the world’s most expensive fashion brands, is making little effort to show that its goods are free of forced labour, according to a new report.

An assessment (pdf) of the quality and transparency of efforts by 20 major apparel companies to safeguard against forced labour from their supply chains, undertaken by KnowTheChain, an accountability initiative, gave Prada a score of nine out of 100.

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A report claims retailers profiting from the world’s second most expensive spice are ignoring the desperate plight of impoverished Madagascan farmers

Nine-year-old Xidollien has no idea that the vanilla pods he and his family so painstakingly cultivate throughout the year on their small vanilla farm in the north of Madagascar is one of the most valuable spices in the world.

He hides behind his mother, Liliane, as she stands among the family’s vanilla plants . He has spent all morning clearing weeds from the land with a machete. Tomorrow will be the same for him and thousands of other children in the northern region of the island.

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British aid can and must be scrupulously monitored, not least to ensure that it is fulfilling its remit to eradicate poverty and reaching beyond domestic interests

Together with last year’s government aid strategy, the Department for International Development’s publication of two reviews of its approach to aid delivery provides a much clearer picture of how Britain will tackle world poverty.

There is much to welcome in last week’s reviews of bilateral (pdf) and multilateral (pdf) funding, not least development secretary Priti Patel’s forthright and passionate commitment to aid as a vital tool in the fight to end poverty. The reviews rightly stress the importance of aid effectiveness, innovation, impact and enhanced levels of national and international transparency, scrutiny and accountability for every pound spent.

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Overseas Development Institute survey finds 15% of six- to 14-year-olds living in poorest households work an average of 64 hours a week

Most mornings, 15-year-old Iqbal arrives for his job at a Dhaka panel beaters at about 10am, working on cars for up to 13 hours before he can go home.

The teenager, who earns less than £60 a week, has been working these hours since the age of 12, when his family’s financial problems forced him out of school and into a full-time job.

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Despite saying it wants to protect women from sexual violence in conflict, the UK fails to provide safe, legal routes to sanctuary and handles asylum insensitively

Ramya, an Eritrean, was raped more than once by the traffickers who held her captive in a camp in Libya. Hala, from Aleppo, was offered a lower fee by a people smuggler in Turkey if she had sex with him. Reem, a Syrian, couldn’t sleep in refugee camps in Europe because she was scared the men around her would try to touch her during the night. Ada fled sexual violence in Nigeria, only to be kidnapped and abused by people smugglers in Libya on her journey to safety in Europe.

Women and girls fleeing conflict and persecution face these terrifying risks every day, yet the issue has barely figured in the global response to the refugee crisis.

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UN Development Programme chief Helen Clark applauds project designed to improve audit capacities and ensure multinationals observe local tax laws

A team of tax experts from Kenya will be deployed to Botswana early next year in the latest round of an initiative that seeks to boost domestic revenue collection to fund national development plans.

The move was announced last week at the second global partnership for effective development cooperation meeting in Nairobi, which brought together representatives of governments, civil society, the private sector and UN officials.

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Officially, sexual violence has declined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, dubbed the ‘rape capital of the world’. But frontline workers tell a different story

The mothers of Kavumu hardly sleep. But on rainy nights, they don’t even try. The rain pounds on their tin roofs so noisily that they worry they won’t hear rapists breaking in to steal their daughters. So they sit up all night, just watching their front doors.

Since 2013, 49 young children, one only 18 months old, have been abducted from flimsy houses in this town in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and raped. The alleged ringleader of the militia responsible, an MP, was arrested earlier this year, but it is common knowledge in Kavumu that many of their daughters’ “destroyers”, as they call them, are still at large.

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The 16-day campaign against gender violence is a chance to review financial support for women’s rights groups and steer funds to those with direct impact

This year’s 16 days of activism against gender-based violence is yet another opportunity to focus on this urgent issue. The theme for 2016 is raising money to end violence against women and girls, and it’s critical. Recent years have seen some progress towards promoting and protecting the rights of girls – particularly in reducing maternal mortality and improving girls’ education – as well as significantly increasing awareness of gender-based violence. However, the low level of sustainable funding continues to be a huge obstacle to achieving further progress.

In a new report on funding to women’s rights organisations in the the global south, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that while $10bn (£7.8bn) had been provided to civil society organisations working to ensure gender equality in 2014, only 8% of such aid had gone to groups in developing countries.

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Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana and Ivory Coast to block imports from oil companies and traders of diesel with sulphur levels many times European limit

Five west African countries have announced measures to end the practice of European oil companies and traders exporting “African quality” diesel – highly polluting fuels that could never be sold in Europe.

Swiss commodity traders were accused in a report published in September by Swiss NGO Public Eye of exporting fuels to west Africa with sulphur levels that are sometimes hundreds of times higher than European levels.

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Trump’s pick to lead Environmental Protection Agency has supported fossil fuel firms and sought to hobble public health regulations he will be responsible for

If environmentalists were to sketch out the government official of their nightmares, it would likely look much like Scott Pruitt. The Oklahoma attorney general has been a raucous supporter of fossil fuel companies and repeatedly sought to hobble the public health regulations he will soon be responsible for as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Related: EPA fears 'unprecedented disaster' for environment over Scott Pruitt pick

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Despite the Koch brothers not backing Donald Trump financially with ads during the election, their network is emerging as a winner from his transition

Despite deciding not to back Donald Trump financially with ads during the presidential election, the sprawling donor and advocacy network led by the multibillionaire Koch brothers is emerging as a winner in the transition.

Longtime ally Mike Pence is leading the transition team, and several veteran Koch network donors, operatives and political allies are poised to join the Trump administration when the new president takes office in January.

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PM is quitting after referendum defeat but is said to want to stay on as party leader and contest a general election in February

He has not even left yet, his resignation after a bruising defeat at the hands of the Italian electorate having been put on ice by the country’s president.

But Matteo Renzi is already plotting his return to the prime minister’s office, according to Italian media reports, and has signalled his desire for elections to be called as soon as February, despite his humiliating loss at the polls just days ago.

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China shows restraint as it tries to work out if US president-elect is being deliberately confrontational or just out of his depth

Donald Trump’s tweaking of Chinese noses is growing more provocative following Beijing’s criticism of his controversial phone conversation last week with Taiwan’s normally off-limits leader. The US president-elect’s latest intervention, conveyed via Twitter rather than diplomatic channels, includes complaints about China’s regional military buildup and alleged currency manipulation.

Related: Donald Trump rails against China as team runs damage control over Taiwan

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Experts agree the chances of a bitter and messy rupture between China and the US have increased following Trump’s tweets lashing out at Beijing

In the days after Donald Trump’s sensational election victory Chinese foreign policy experts heralded the property tycoon’s triumph as a rare opportunity to recast the often rancorous relationship between Washington and Beijing.

“In everything he is better than Clinton,” commemorated Shen Dingli, a professor of international relations from Shanghai’s Fudan University. “We must welcome him.”

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Fittingly, as head of a party lauded for its ability to renew, Key edged himself out of the leadership before there was much speculation about his future

It is one of the hoary rules of politics that leaders never – almost never – go of their own accord.

But John Key, not for the first time, has proved his resistance to the forces of political gravity, announcing on Monday afternoon he will exit on his own terms. “For me this feels the right time to go,” the prime minister of New Zealand said.

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It is clear that many Italians who voted no in the referendum would not support either party in a general election

The tweet from Italy’s most rightwing xenophobe was enough to send a chill down any liberal democrat’s spine.

Related: Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigns after referendum defeat

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The leftist’s win was hailed as the ‘liberal pushback’ against Brexit and Trump, but 46% voted for the far-right Norbert Hofer

The sigh of relief that followed Alexander Van der Bellen’s victory in Austria’s rerun presidential election on Sunday could be heard all over Europe. After the twin traumas of Trump and Brexit, centrist parties, social democrats and liberals of all stripes had feared another triumph for the advancing forces of nativist populism represented by Van der Bellen’s rival, the far-right Freedom party’s Norbert Hofer.

Instead, Europe and its much-battered political incarnation, the European Union, have won a reprieve – although probably temporary. And Austria has escaped the odium of being the first modern-day democracy to pick as its head of state a political extremist whose party traces its ideological roots back to the strident neo-Nazism of its best-known leader, the late Jörg Haider.

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The president has a cordial relationship with his successor, who questioned his birthplace and whom he called ‘unfit’ and ‘unprepared’ to enter the Oval Office

Last Saturday, a phone rang at the White House. The caller was requesting the president. The message was relayed and Barack Obama returned the call. On the other end of the line was Donald Trump.

All that is known about the conversation is that it lasted 45 minutes. What was discussed, and in what tone, is not matter of record and is perhaps familiar only to the two men. But it is not the only time that the soon-to-be 45th president has called the 44th in what must be the most peculiar handover of modern times.

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President-elect’s recent actions in the region indicate he is content to break with Washington orthodoxy even as it comes with real risks

In three phone calls with key Asian leaders this week, Donald Trump has once again upended expectations. We may now indeed have a radical break in the US approach to the region.

The first of these, with Nawaz Sharif from Pakistan, came with a detailed text of the conversation released by the Pakistani prime minister’s office. He is reported to have lavished praise on Sharif and the country more generally in what appears to be Trump’s typically solicitous approach to relationship building.

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President-elect Donald Trump has called for Boeing to scrap its $4bn contract to update the government’s Air Force One fleet. He says the deal is ‘ridiculous’ and that he would rather fly in his own plane, a Boeing 757-200. So how do the two aircrafts compare?

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Time magazine announces Donald Trump as its person of the year on Wednesday, describing him on its front cover as the ‘president of the divided states of America’. Assistant managing editor at Time, Ben Goldberger, says that for 90 years the magazine has named the person ‘who’s had the greatest effect on the world and the news for good or for ill’. Photograph: Time magazine/Nadav Kander

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A Pakistan International Airlines plane crashed on its approach to Islamabad from Chitral on Wednesday. Army officials reported no survivors once they reached the site. According to local media, one of Pakistan’s most famous singers, Junaid Jamshed, was on board the plane. The cause of the crash is still under investigation

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Indonesian emergency services clear rubble on Wednesday after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit northern Sumatra. At least 54 people have been killed by the earthquake with more believed to be trapped beneath the rubble. Sutopo Nugroho of the national disaster management agency says a state of emergency has been declared in Aceh

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President-elect Donald Trump speaks in Fayetteville, near the Fort Bragg military base, on Tuesday. The president-elect outlines his military policy for the US while also vowing to build friendships. Trump said he would follow a non-interventionist approach, which would not seek out foreign conflicts, but concentrate on removing Isis in Syria and Iraq

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The outgoing US president defends his administration’s record on fighting terrorism in remarks that appear to be aimed at Donald Trump. ‘These terrorists can never directly destroy our way of life,’ he says. ‘But we can do it for them if we lose track of who we are and the values that this nation is founded upon’

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Tens of thousands of people throng the Chennai seafront to pay tribute to the Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram, in a lavish state funeral on Tuesday. Jayalalithaa, a former film actor and popular politician, died in hospital on Monday after a cardiac arrest

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