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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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German chancellor tells election rally in Munich that Europe must take its fate into its own hands after ‘unsatisfactory’ G7 talks

Europe can no longer completely rely on its traditional British and American allies, Angela Merkel has warned, saying the EU must now be prepared to “take its fate into its own hands”.

Speaking after bruising meetings of Nato and the G7 group of wealthy nations last week, the German chancellor suggested the postwar western alliance had been badly undermined by the UK’s Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election.

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Amidst scandal over Jared Kushner’s alleged links to the Russian ambassador, homeland security secretary plays defense while president complains on Twitter

The Trump White House is reportedly considering a major personnel shake-up, in response to the latest in a string of Russia-related scandals that have kept the administration on the defensive for weeks.

Related: Trump team ducks questions on report Kushner wanted secret line with Russia

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Swedish director takes Cannes’ top prize for an art-world satire featuring Elisabeth Moss and Dominic West

Peter Bradshaw on Cannes 2017 awards: visceral power overlooked in favour of bourgeois vanity

The art-world satire The Square has won the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes film festival. Directed by Ruben Östlund, The Square is about a museum director (played by Claes Bang) who is desperate to make a success of his gallery, and stages a new installation called “The Square” to promote it.

Related: Cannes 2017: full list of winners

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The death toll in Marawi city, where martial law has been imposed, stands at 85, with Islamic State claiming responsibility

Fears are growing that a violent attempt by local militants to seize a city in the island of Mindanao, in the southern Philippines, marks the beginning of a wider attempt by Islamic State to open a new south-east Asian front in its campaign of global jihad.

Latest reports on Sunday from Marawi city, capital of the majority Muslim Lanao del Sur province, said 19 civilians had been killed by Islamist militants locked in street battles with security forces. The dead included three women and a child, officials said.

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French president says his white-knuckle prolonged handshake with US counterpart was designed to show he’s no pushover

As handshakes go, it was unusually intense: a fierce and protracted mano a mano of white knuckles, crunched bones, tightened jaws and fixed smiles that sent the internet and the world’s media into a spin.

It was also, Emmanuel Macron has revealed, entirely intentional. At his first major appearance on the world stage, the 39-year-old French president displayed a relaxed confidence and steely purpose that altogether belied his youth and inexperience.

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Relatives of people killed in attack on bus convoy say state of emergency in country has been undermined

Egypt’s Coptic Christians have accused the government of failing to protect them in the wake of an attack claimed by Islamic State on a bus convoy that killed at least 29 people and injured about 20 more.

Relatives of some of those killed said the attack, which occurred after a group of gunmen stopped a convoy headed for the Saint Samuel monastery close to the southern Egyptian town of Minya, undermines the state of emergency in Egypt declared after a previous attack in April.

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Report says Trump has told confidants he will pull US out of agreement but defense secretary Mattis says ‘president is wide open on this issue’

Donald Trump’s intentions regarding US participation in the Paris climate deal remained unknown on Sunday, as one report cited “confidants” saying the president had made up his mind to pull out while a senior cabinet figure said he was “quite certain the president is wide open on this issue”.

Related: Donald Trump will make 'final decision' on Paris climate deal next week

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Methods used in ransomware attack on NHS and in up to 100 countries similar to those used by Pyongyang in the past, says Michael Chertoff

North Korea may have been behind the ransomware cyber-attack on the NHS and up to 100 countries as well as the UK, a former head of the US Department of Homeland Security has claimed.

Michael Chertoff, who served under George W Bush from 2005 to 2009, said that agents or allies of the Pyongyang regime are the most likely suspects for the hacking of the health service’s administration system in the UK and state infrastructures across the globe this month.

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John Kelly says terrorists are ‘obsessed’ with downing a plane, ‘particularly if it’s a US carrier, particularly if it’s full of mostly US folks’

The Trump administration is considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the US, homeland security secretary John Kelly said on Sunday.

Kelly, a retired general, was asked on Fox News Sunday if he would expand an existing ban to cover laptops on all international flights into and out of the US.

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Economic and political chaos left in wake of Gaddafi’s fall provide ideal opportunity for militant groups to gain traction

The visit of Peter Millett, the British ambassador to Tripoli, was eventful. From early Friday morning, parts of the capital had echoed to exchanges of gunfire between two of the armed factions fighting for control of the city. At around 10am, Millett took to Twitter to report hearing “explosions and artillery fire”.

The ambassador’s inadvertent venture into frontline reporting underlined the gulf between today’s reality and the hopes for Libya in 2011 when Colonel Muammar Gaddafi – who had ruled since 1969 – was ousted by rebels with the support of Nato airpower.

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Pentagon says P-3 Orion was buzzed over South China Sea, but defence ministry in Beijing says its fighters flew safely

Two Chinese fighter jets buzzed a US navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 180 metres (200 yards) of the American aircraft, according to US officials.

The officials said initial reports showed that the US P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 150 miles (240km) south-east of Hong Kong in international airspace when the Chinese aircraft carried out the “unsafe” intercept. One Chinese aircraft flew in front of the American plane, restricting its ability to manoeuvre.

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A new law makes the South American country the first in the world to sell the drug over the counter

Alicia Castilla was watering the plants in her garden on a quiet Sunday afternoon when five police patrol cars screeched to a halt outside her home. A team of 14 officers “armed to the teeth” stormed through her gate and arrested the mild-mannered, 66-year-old intellectual. They seized everything they could find: computers, her mobile phone, books, even an orange squeezer.

They also impounded the 29 cannabis plants she was watering and 24g of marijuana they found in her possession. She was taken to a police station where she spent the night handcuffed to a bench. “They treated me like the female version of Pablo Escobar,” Castilla told the Observer. But far from resembling the infamous Colombian drug lord who inspired the 2015 Netflix series Narcos, Castilla was a peace-loving, grey-haired author whose book Cultura Cannabis had become an unexpected bestseller. Like many Argentinian sexagenarians, she had recently retired to nearby Uruguay. The seized plants were for her personal use. “I make a living writing about marijuana, not selling it.”

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  • Sheriff’s deputy and two boys among dead in three rural homes
  • Man named as suspect describes actions to local newspaper

Authorities in Mississippi said a suspect was in custody after eight people including two boys and a sheriff’s deputy were shot dead.

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) spokesman Warren Strain said the shootings happened at three homes on Saturday night in rural Lincoln County. Two of the homes were in Brookhaven and one was in Bogue Chitto, about 68 miles south of Jackson, the state capital.

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Little-known former House of Commons speaker, 38, edges out former foreign minister Maxime Bernier in fierce contest to become party leader

Canada’s official opposition Conservatives on Saturday chose a little-known, 38-year-old leader to fight a 2019 election against Justin Trudeau, the Liberal prime minister, but only after a fierce contest that revealed internal divisions.

On the 13th and final round of balloting, many more than political observers predicted, former House of Commons speaker Andrew Scheer edged out ex-foreign minister and favourite Maxime Bernier by 51%t to 49%.

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Mayor laments ‘horrific act of racist violence’ after Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, charged in deaths of two men in confrontation on public transportation

Police in Portland, Oregon, have charged a white supremacist with a double murder and hate crimes, after he allegedly cut the throats of two passengers and stabbed another on a commuter train late on Friday afternoon.

Related: 'He will remain a hero': families and friends mourn victims of Portland stabbing

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  • Officials fail to comment directly on report that Kusher sought special channel
  • Trump’s son-in-law said to have made proposal at meeting in early December

Donald Trump will on Saturday return from his first overseas trip as president, a nine-day, multicity tour of the Middle East and Europe, to find Washington roiled by the latest revelations in the Russia investigation.

Related: Donald Trump will make 'final decision' on Paris climate deal next week

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Fresh wave of airstrikes ordered in retaliation for killing of Coptic Christians south of Cairo

Egypt launched a fresh wave of air strikes against Libyan terrorist bases on Saturday in response to the killing of 29 Coptic Christians south of Cairo, with a warning of further retaliation possible.

The airstrikes follow six bombing raids in Libya that hit the north-eastern coastal town of Derna on Friday, with Cairo officials saying bombs struck terrorist training camps of the Shura Council, aligned with al-Qaida.

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We take the temperature of five of Europe’s key economies now that political threats appear to have diminished

What a difference a few months make. As 2017 opened, eurozone politicians still raw from the shock of the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s presidential triumph were nervously awaiting elections in the Netherlands and France.

They feared that discontent would propel the populist wave into the heart of Europe and usher in far-right, anti-euro leaders. In the event, the predicted surge for Dutch populist Geert Wilders failed to materialise and in France, Front National candidate Marine Le Pen was decisively beaten by pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron.

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IT systems ‘hit’ after prime minister took on central European role

The embattled Maltese government has claimed that it has come under attack from a Russian-backed campaign to undermine it, amid worsening relations with the Kremlin.

Malta assumed the presidency of Europe’s Council of Ministers in January, an important position under which it chairs high-level meetings in Brussels and sets Europe’s political agenda. Since then, the Maltese government’s IT systems have seen a rise in attacks, according to a source working within its information technology agency, a government body. He claimed the attacks, which have increased ahead of next month’s general election, are designed to damage the government. “In the last two quarters of last year and the first part of this year, attacks on our servers have increased,” the source said.

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A papal audience for families affected by the inherited brain disease could end centuries of stigma – and open vital doors in the search for a cure

It was with the pomp and intrigue of a Dan Brown novel that earlier this month Pope Francis made his way into the Aula Paolo VI audience hall, a room the size of an aeroplane hangar in Vatican City. Flanked by the flamboyant Swiss Guard and dark-suited men muttering into earpieces, he headed for an oversized chair on a stage in front of nearly 2,000 people. Many applauded, most gawped in disbelief.

The pope was there to do something no other world leader has done before. He was meeting people with Huntington’s disease, a rare and incurable neurological disorder that has long been shrouded in shame and discrimination. It’s a genetic disease that runs in families. It causes involuntary jerky movements and can make people depressed or aggressive, symptoms that can leave them socially isolated, thanks in part to a historic misunderstanding.

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  • Jeremy Joseph Christian, 35, charged with murder by Portland police
  • Men were trying to stop the attacker from harassing two Muslim women

Two men were fatally stabbed in Portland, Oregon on Friday after they came to the aid of two women who were being harassed because they appeared to be Muslim, police said.

On Saturday, Portland police named the suspect as Jeremy Joseph Christian and said he was being held without bail at the Multnomah County jail.

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Suspicions fall on homegrown guerrilla group after attack on ex-prime minister as he was being driven home in Athens

Greek security officials are scrutinising courier and postal services after a letter bomb attack on Thursday that left former prime minister Lucas Papademos in hospital.

Papademos, who underwent surgery after sustaining injuries to his leg, stomach and chest, opened the envelope as he was being driven home in Athens. Two Bank of Greece employees were also wounded.

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Prisoners led by Marwan Barghouti halt protest as Israel announces it will allow a second family visit each month

A mass hunger strike by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails has been called to an end after 41 days as Israel offered a compromise deal to meet some of the strikers’ demands.

The deal – on the eve of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting – means approximately 800 prisoners, led by the prominent Palestinian prisoner Marwan Barghouti, will give up their protest in exchange for improved visitation rights.

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IT glitch affected more than 1,000 flights over weekend meaning people missed holidays, lost luggage or were stranded on aircraft

British Airways could face a bill of at least £100m in compensation, additional customer care and lost business resulting from an IT meltdown that affected more than 1,000 flights over the weekend.

All the airline’s flights from Heathrow and Gatwick were grounded on Saturday. Services resumed on Sunday but cancellations and delays delays persisted with about 200 BA flights in and out of Heathrow cancelled on Sunday, according to Guardian calculations. There were no cancellations at Gatwick but some passengers experienced delays.

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Retired general indicates aggressive turn in Iraq and Syria, saying ‘intention is that foreign fighters do not survive’ and ‘civilian casualties are a fact of life’

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Sunday the US had “accelerated” its tactics against the Islamic State, moving from a policy of “attrition” to one of “annihilation”.

Related: Armed police carry out fresh raid in Manchester amid report of explosion

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Desperate for affordable housing, residents of South Africa’s second city have taken over a nurses’ home and a hospital – and drawn attention to how the country’s troubled history makes gentrification even more damaging

Glitzy shopping arcades. Fine alfresco dining. A world class aquarium. A recently opened five-star hotel in a grain silo converted by Thomas Heatherwick’s studio, offering guests views of the harbour and Table Mountain through bulging “pillowed glass windows”. Those in the penthouse suite have paid the equivalent of up to £8,000 a night for the experience, dependent on the season.

This is Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. One of South Africa’s most visited attractions, more than 24 million people flock to the centrally located harbour every year. But tourists needn’t wander far to be met with a grittier scene. Behind Somerset hospital – a historic public facility in neighbouring Green point which dates back to 1862 – large painted banners emblazoned “Reclaim the City” call for an end of segregation.

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After last year’s landmark peace deal with the Colombian government, thousands of demobilised Farc guerrillas are set to descend on Cali. But with drug gangs offering high salaries, is this already violent city on the brink of chaos?

Rubiel Idarraga expects an ambush. To avoid it, he rarely travels at night, varies his route to work, and often checks in with his neighbours to make sure nobody is watching his house. As a construction worker in Cali, Colombia, his fear might seem unfounded – except that he says people have already tried to murder him for his past crimes.

Idarraga is one of around 1,400 former Farc guerrillas who left it behind for a civilian existence in Cali. After the landmark peace accord between the government and the Farc in 2016, he is set to be joined by potentially thousands more, who have disarmed and are waiting in temporary camps.

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The 2015 warehouse explosion in Tianjin was one of the worst manmade disasters in Chinese history – and exposed the darker side of rapid urbanisation

It was almost midnight on a summer Wednesday in 2015 when Hu Xiumin was jolted awake by a loud noise. Her apartment building in the affluent Harbour City development was shaking violently. She ran from the bedroom to find her husband standing in the study, looking out of the window.

From here they could see out over the port of Tianjin; one of the warehouses was on fire. They backed away from the window just moments before the warehouse exploded in one of the worst manmade disasters in China’s history.

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Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron and other G7 leaders meet in Taormina this week. How is the already tourist-choked town preparing – and can it cope?

Tucked away on a natural terrace between rocks and water in Sicily’s east coast, the historic town of Taormina is gaining international prestige as it prepares for an upcoming global event.

The small coastal town, which sits on a hill 206 metres above sea level overlooking Mount Etna, has always attracted visitors. It was once described by Ernest Hemingway as being so pretty “it hurts to look” at it. Celebrities such as Ava Gardner and celebrated writers like DH Lawrence were drawn to Taormina and its ancient ruins – the theatre overlooking the sea dates back to the third century BC. Now, it’s such a mass-market tourist destination that the town has almost lost its original charm.

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Seoul’s ambitious Skygarden revives a disused elevated 1970s highway with 24,000 plants – and is open to all, 24 hours a day

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The ambitious mayor of a big city backs a project to put a garden on a bridge. A celebrated designer is appointed and seductive images released. It gets compared to the High Line in New York – that urban phenomenon envied as much by rival cities as the Eiffel Tower once was. It provokes controversy.

This much the Skygarden in Seoul has in common with the Garden Bridge in London, but then their stories diverge. Where the London version has foundered, the Korean one will be opened this Saturday by mayor Park Won-soon, a former activist who built his career on opposing both corruption and the conservative establishment, and supporting human rights.

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The bikes designed by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde would suck in polluted air, using positive ionisation to purify it, before releasing it back into the atmosphere

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde has announced the next phase of his Smog Free Project: a bike that sucks in polluted air and releases purified air in a cloud around the cyclist.

According to Roosegaarde, whose design firm Studio Roosegaarde has offices in both Rotterdam and Beijing, the idea for his Smog Free Project came just over three years ago, as he gazed out of his Beijing apartment’s window. On a Saturday, the city skyline is visible; on weekdays, it’s shrouded in smog.

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When Mexican drug cartels threatened the country’s $1.5bn avocado export industry with extortion and murder, farmers in Tancítaro decided to fight back

Javier is finally starting to feel safe. A gruff 46-year-old avocado grower with a laugh like an idling Harley-Davidson, Javier still remembers the gruesome reports of cartel gunmen kidnapping and killing a neighbour’s daughter, torching a local avocado packaging facility and murdering a pregnant schoolteacher. But the memories are starting to fade.

Tancítaro, the world capital of avocado production, has finally achieved a semblance of stability. It has been over two years since the last pitched battles between vigilante fighters and cartel gunmen on the outskirts. Families whose orchards were seized by cartel gunmen are now running their farms again. “The government doesn’t rule here. But it’s under control. You can relax,” he says.

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The economic fates of diverse cities such as San Francisco, New York and Detroit would seem to be vastly different – but they share a common thread

Over the last half-century, the story of America’s cities is a tale of booms and busts. New York and tech hubs like San Francisco – once cities in financial distress – have transformed into economic powerhouses. At the other extreme, one-time prosperous manufacturing cities like Detroit now find themselves in economic turmoil.

Viewed in isolation, the economic fates of these cities would seem to bear little resemblance to each other. However, they all share a common thread: since 1970 these cities, like nearly every other major American city, have experienced a “hollowing out” of the middle class.

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The so-called ‘municipal brothel’ opening today isn’t quite that – but rather a city council initiative to enable prostitutes to run their own brothel in a bid to improve work conditions

In a bid to improve working conditions in the city’s sex industry, a brothel run by prostitutes themselves will be opened today by the mayor of Amsterdam.

An initiative of the city council, the new brothel occupies 14 “windows” across four buildings on the so-called Wallen, Amsterdam’s red light district. About 40 sex workers will be able to operate out of the premises, which are being run by a foundation called My Red Light, in which prostitutes take an active part.

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The coastal home of Tsingtao beer is building the world’s largest movie production facility, with the latest Pacific Rim film blockbuster now wrapping up shooting. Is one of China’s most liveable cities about to become less so?

There’s a little piece of Qingdao in most Chinese restaurants around the world. Under the romanised name of Tsingtao, those emerald bottles are usually the native beer option on the menu – a legacy of the brief German occupation of this coastal city lying halfway between Shanghai and Beijing. Now home to around 9 million people, making it 20th on China’s jostling roster of urban centres, its quirky architecture and relative lack of crowding supposedly make it one of the country’s most “liveable” cities.

Make no mistake, though, Qingdao is growing. It’s one of the biggest ports in China, and is one of the top 10 busiest in the world. Now the focus is on the construction of the Qingdao Movie Metropolis in Huangdao district: a massive film-production facility and theme park that is hoped will make the city, in the words of the giant hànzi on the overlooking hill, “Movie Metropolis of the East”.

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From its first episode in 2002, the HBO TV drama documented the poverty, politics and policing of a city. We visit its memorable locations and talk to the people trying to rebuild scarred communities

• See more of JM Giordano’s photographs of Baltimore locations used in The Wire here

In black jacket, checked shirt and white trainers, eight-year-old D’Angelo Preston is riding his bike while his sister, Alicia, 11, gives chase. They are playing outside the Baltimore Montessori public charter school, where they would be pupils if they had the chance. “Their teachers don’t yell at them,” says Alicia matter-of-factly. “Their teachers let them do whatever they want.”

Alicia aims to be a maths teacher when she grows up; D’Angelo wants to be a professional football player. They live barely a minute’s walk from the Montessori school but, having lost an enrolment lottery, instead take a daily bus to Dallas F Nicholas elementary school, which has fewer resources. The siblings’ father, Shawn Preston, 38, a mechanic, says: “It has a good reputation and I wish more local kids could go. I tried to send Alicia but they told me it was all filled up. I was disappointed. I thought they could have got her in there somehow: we’re in the neighbourhood.”

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Dramatic operations undertaken throughout Manchester by officers investigating bombing of Manchester Arena concert by Salman Abedi

Armed police have arrested a 19-year-old man in a raid of the former home of the Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi.

Residents described their houses shaking and hearing a loud blast as officers forced their way into the semi-detached property in Searby Road in the Gorton area of Manchester at about 7pm on Sunday. Abedi was listed at the property along with his older brother, Ismail. Ismail Abedi was arrested shortly after the terror attack on Monday and remains in police custody.

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Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in Zambia

“I’d like to be a doctor,” says seven-year-old Martin, sitting quietly in his modest home in Kabwe, Zambia. But the truth is that Martin struggles with his schoolwork, and his dream seems unlikely to become a reality.

Kabwe is the world’s most toxic town, according to pollution experts, where mass lead poisoning has almost certainly damaged the brains and other organs of generations of children – and where children continue to be poisoned every day.

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Martín Méndez Pineda thought the US would protect him after months of threats, but instead found conditions worse than what he was aiming to escape

When Mexican journalist Martín Méndez Pineda walked across the border bridge to El Paso in February, he thought he would finally be safe.

After months of threats and harassment from corrupt police officers, which forced him to abandon his job and family in Acapulco, Méndez sought asylum in the US.

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A landmark judgment reflects how quickly attitudes can change – but usually thanks to campaigners who persist against the odds

The crowd in Taipei on Wednesday was not huge; a few hundred people. But the joy and relief on their faces radiated around the world. The constitutional court had just ruled in favour of allowing same-sex marriage, in Asia’s first such judgment. The legislature now has two years to amend the civil code, which defines marriage as occurring solely between a man and woman, or pass laws addressing the issue. If it does not, same sex-couples will be able to wed anyway.

The news was all the more welcome given its backdrop. Just last week, in Asia alone, a South Korean army captain was sentenced for having sex with other servicemen following what campaigners describe as a witch hunt by the military, while in Aceh, Indonesia, two men were caned publicly for consensual gay sex. It is a matter of weeks since reports emerged of a horrifying anti-gay crackdown in Chechnya, involving well over a hundred men, some of whom are believed to have been killed.

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Only the Greens have so far endorsed the resolution of a meeting of 250 delegates in Uluru to seek constitutional change

Richard Di Natale is the only leader of the three major parties to support the call from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders for Australia’s constitution to be reformed to enshrine an Indigenous voice in parliament.

A meeting of more than 250 delegates at Uluru last week rejected the idea of constitutional recognition, saying instead they wanted a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous voice in parliament and a commission that would work on securing a treaty.

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Decision by parade to honor Oscar López Rivera, a controversial nationalist hero, stirs anger – and overshadows one of America’s biggest annual gatherings

In one of his last acts as president, Barack Obama commuted the prison sentence of Oscar López Rivera, a leader of the violent extremist group that took credit for more than 100 bombingsof US targets in the 1970s and 80s in a campaign for Puerto Rican independence.

Related: Puerto Rico files for bankruptcy in last-ditch attempt to sustain public services

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Official death toll from week of fighting rises to at least 85 as militants clash with security forces in Muslim-majority city

Islamist militants locked in street-to-street battles with security forces in a southern Philippine city have killed 19 civilians, the military said Sunday, bringing the official death toll from nearly a week of fighting to at least 85.

The violence prompted the president, Rodrigo Duterte, to declare martial law on Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat of militants linked to the Islamic State group.

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Taronga zoo trumpets its newest delivery, a Asian elephant calf, who has made his public debut under the watchful eye of his mother Pak Boon and fellow elephants. The 130kg calf was born Friday morning following his mother’s 22-month pregnancy, and is the first arrival of his kind in nearly seven years

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Hundreds of flights at the two airports have been affected, with more around the world suffering major delays

British Airways cancelled all flights from Heathrow and Gatwick on Saturday due to a major IT failure causing severe disruption to its global operations that is expected to run into Sunday.

The airline said its terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick became “extremely congested” due to the computer problems. It decided to cancel all flights from both airports before 6pm UK time on Saturday, then extended this to include all the day’s remaining flights from the UK’s largest two airports.

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The Sierra Ricardo Franco park was meant to be a conservation area protecting rare wildlife

To understand why the Brazilian government is deliberately losing the battle against deforestation, you need only retrace the bootmarks of the Edwardian explorer Percy Fawcett along the Amazonian border with Bolivia.

During a failed attempt to cross a spectacular tabletop plateau here in 1906, the adventurer nearly died on the first of his many trips to South America. Back then, the area was so far from human habitation, the foliage so dense and the terrain so steep that Fawcett and his party came close to starvation.

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With visitor numbers rising and hotel chains circling, Iran is reinventing itself – but the change is too fast for some

Standing in the blue-tiled shadows of one of Iran’s greatest mosques, armed with a dish of sesame caramel snacks, Mohammed Reza Zamani is a cleric on a mission to repair the country’s image in the west, one tourist at a time.

“Free Friendly Talks” a billboard announces in English, at the entrance to a historic religious seminary-turned-museum, in the central city of Isfahan, a former imperial capital so beautiful that even today Iranians describe the city as “half the world”.

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A new report explores the dichotomy between the millions of empty bedrooms across the country and the many families struggling to live in cramped spaces

In their bid to temper Canada’s overheated housing markets – some of which rank among the world’s least affordable – authorities in the country have slapped taxes on some foreign buyers and taken aim at vacant homes.

Now one group of analysts is recasting the crisis in a new light; exploring the dichotomy between the millions of empty bedrooms across the country and the many families struggling to live in cramped accommodation.

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‘If you had raped three, I will admit it, that’s on me’ Philippines president tells soldiers on Mindanao island where he has imposed martial law

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for it.

Duterte is notorious for comments often deemed offensive and made the remark as a joke, reiterating that only he would be liable for any backlash over military rule on southern Mindanao island. He has, however, said he would not tolerate abuses.

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Li Ming-che, a 42-year-old NGO worker known for supporting human rights, went missing in mysterious circumstances in China on 19 March

A Taiwan rights activist who was secretly detained in China in March has been officially arrested on suspicion of subversion, charges Taiwan said were vague and unconvincing.

The case has strained already poor relations between China and Taiwan, which have cooled since Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took power last year, because she refuses to concede that the self-ruled island is part of China.

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UN-appointed mediator terminates negotiations, citing lack of common ground, but organisation insists ‘talks have not collapsed’

The best hope yet of reuniting war-partitioned Cyprus has been dashed after reconciliation attempts were brought to an abrupt halt following two years of intense negotiations.

The optimism engendered by talks seen as a once-in-a-generation opportunity to unite the Mediterranean island ended when the United Nations special envoy, Espen Barth Eide, announced that he was terminating negotiation efforts.

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Journalist Raimundos Oki calls it an honest mistake, the PM says it was defamation, and a young democracy is tested

“If the court wants to send me to jail, I won’t be happy but I have to be brave. I will accept the final decision. I’m ready to be in prison if the court maybe wants to put me in the prison.”

Raimundos Oki, a 32-year-old journalist, is standing in the small offices of the Timor Post, in Timor-Leste’s capital Dili, exasperated with his government.

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Children among dead and at least 22 wounded in gun attack on convoy headed to monastery in Minya province

Egypt has carried out airstrikes in Libya after at least 26 people, including children, were killed and 25 wounded in a gun attack on a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo, the latest in a series of terrorist incidents targeting the religious minority.

Local media reported witnesses saying that between eight and 10 gunmen, dressed in military uniform, carried out the attack. Egypt’s interior ministry said the attackers, travelling in four-wheel-drives, “fired indiscriminately” at a car, bus and a truck in the al-Idwah district outside Minya, about 135 miles (220km) south of Cairo.

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Islamism is rising across Indonesia, where a toxic mix of religion and political opportunism has been percolating for some time

It was the young who came first to Indonesia’s public caning of gay men. They arrived on motorbikes and on foot, from nearby boarding houses and two universities, some skipping class and the others using up their holidays. An announcement was made barring children under 18, but some stayed anyway, reluctant to break up a family outing.

By 10am on Tuesday, a 1,000-strong crowd had congealed at the Syuhada mosque plaza in Banda Aceh. As someone sang a stirring Qur’anic hymn to inaugurate the ceremony, a verse about how God created man and woman in couples, young men were perched in the trees, on trucks, and all the balconies across the street. Girls huddled between jasmine bushes.

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Disagreements with US are so fundamental that Sicily summit might not be able to issue communique

Divisions between Donald Trump and other members of the G7 at the summit in Sicily have become so broad and deep that they may be forced to issue a brief leaders’ statement rather than a full communique, dashing Italian hopes of engineering a big step forward on migration and famine.

With the US president apparently reluctant to compromise with European leaders over climate change, trade and migration, the European council president, Donald Tusk, was forced to admit on Friday that this would be the most challenging G7 summit in years and there was a risk of events spiralling out of control.

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When this is all over, gender studies professors are going to have a hell of time teaching students about this moment in history

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If there was ever a week to remind you how much toxic masculinity underpins the Republican party – this was it. Trump pushed Montenegro’s prime minister (complete with self-satisfied smirk) and Montana’s newest congressional representative won his seat despite having assaulted a Guardian reporter – a move Rush Limbaugh lauded as “manly”.

When this is all over, gender studies professors are going to have a hell of time teaching students about the era in history that amounted to little more than a (ahem) measuring contest.

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Hardline groups said sculpture of woman holding sword and scales outside supreme court was example of idol worship

A statue of Lady Justice has been removed from the supreme court building in the Bangladeshi capital after objections from Islamist groups.

The sculpture, by the local artist Mrinal Haque, was installed in front of the court in December, and depicts a woman in a sari clutching a sword and scales, similar to the traditional depiction of the Greek goddess Themis.

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Esteban Navarro, who wrote novel about corruption set in his own station, said to be under investigation over social media use

A Spanish police officer who has written 10 thrillers is being investigated over allegations that he is damaging the force’s reputation and using his day job to promote his books.

Esteban Navarro, an officer in Huesca in the north-eastern region of Aragón, recently published a novel about a gang of corrupt police officers set in his own station.

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The French comic artist Emma illustrates the concept of the ‘mental load’. When a man expects his partner to ask him to do things, he is viewing her as the manager of their household chores

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Three-day battle between army and Isis-linked Maute insurgents for city on island of Mindanao has left at least 46 dead

The CCTV monitor was showing a live feed of gunmen in the hospital lobby. From the safety of another floor, Jan Yamit, a 23-year-old health worker, watched in horror as the militants shot a police officer and then a security guard before storming into the building.

Related: The Philippines in flames: citizens flee as Isis flag flies over Marawi – in pictures

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European council leader says he was surprised by US president’s comments on Brexit at G7 meeting

The president of the European council, Donald Tusk, has claimed he convinced Donald Trump that Brexit is an “incident not a trend” and that the EU27 is more united than ever.

Speaking at a press conference at the G7 meeting in Sicily, Tusk said he was buoyed by a positive conversation with Trump, who has previously suggested other EU countries might follow Britain’s lead.

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Morena party leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador campaigns in Mexico state in hopes of historic victory that could seal Enrique Peña Nieto’s fate

The crowd cheers as a mariachi band belts out a song dedicated to Andrés Manuel López Obrador, leader of Mexico’s National Regeneration party (Morena), while he poses for selfies with jostling supporters in front of the stage.

The gathering feels more like a party – complete with cake, flowers and the faint smell of alcohol and marijuana – rather than a midsize political rally on the home turf of President Enrique Peña Nieto and one of the most powerful factions of the governing Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).

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Canadian and global media fawn over what appear to be candid images of the prime minister, a social media savant one journalist described as ‘the political equivalent of a YouTube puppy video’

He’s tackled quantum physics, photobombed a beach wedding, posed shirtless for selfies with a family hiking in the woods and, most recently, jogged past a group of Canadian teenagers heading to prom.

And each time, Justin Trudeau’s actions have earned lavish attention from media outlets in Canada and around the world.

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Voters in France chose Emmanuel Macron to be their next president. Find out where his vote was strongest, and which regions favoured his opponent, the Front National’s Marine Le Pen

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Viktor Orban calls on Hungarians to have more children at summit for World Congress of Families, dubbed hate group by Southern Poverty Law Center

Hungary’s rightwing government has opened a potential new front in its war of words with Brussels by hosting a lavish international gathering for an American Christian organisation that has been accused of being anti-LGBT hate group with links to the Kremlin.

The 11th World Congress of Families (WCF) summit meeting kicked off in Budapest on Thursday with a typically pugnacious speech by Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, who accused the European Union of being dominated by a “relativising liberal ideology that’s an insult to families”.

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By buying certain menstrual products, consumers can trigger a donation of supplies to poorer countries, where women are often forced to rely on old rags

Menstruation is getting its moment: there have been tampon selfies, tampon tax campaigns around the world, and even a day dedicated to menstrual hygiene. Now, a growing crop of companies is promising consumers they can help bring sanitary products to women who cannot afford them.

Buy a pack of pads and a supply will be donated to a woman in a developing country. It’s a bit like Toms shoes, the original one-for-one social enterprise, but for tampons. In the US, such companies have grown rapidly in popularity. Among them is L., founded by Talia Frenkel, a photojournalist who worked for the Red Cross and UN. It now sells its products in stores across the US, and distributes sanitary products and condoms through a network of more than 3,000 “female entrepreneurs” in poorer countries, including Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia and India. The company says it will donate more than 28 million health products this year.

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Last year, girls in Nepal who had restrictions imposed on them during their period shared their stories. To mark menstrual hygiene day on Sunday, WaterAid went back to Sindhuli district in south-east Nepal to find out how their lives have changed over the past 12 months

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Rights groups claim no one has received compensation since law entitling survivors of human trafficking was introduced a decade ago

Rights groups in Nepal say they do not know of a single survivor of human trafficking who has received compensation under a law introduced a decade ago.

An act that came into force in 2007 guarantees compensation for trafficking victims (pdf), but only after the perpetrator has been convicted, a caveat that has left survivors facing years of traumatic court proceedings and threats from their traffickers.

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The Philippine government has declared an Islamic State ‘invasion’ after an Isis flag was hoisted over the southern city of Marawi. The army, which is embroiled in a deadly battle with Muslim extremists, claims foreign fighters are among rebels who have held the city since Tuesday, when troops raided the hideout of a notorious militant leader. With the city overtaken by violence that has claimed the lives of at least 46 people and prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on the island of Mindanao, citizens are fleeing en masse

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Mother of six Amina Mohammed rose from a humble upbringing in the Lake Chad region to become a government minister and the UN’s second in command

In a Twitter aside during his election campaign, Donald Trump dismissed the UN as “just a club for people to get together, talk and have a good time”. For Amina Mohammed, the organisation’s new deputy secretary general, it is anything but.

Attempting to meet some of the world’s most intractable crises and developmental challenges head on is what drives the focused Mohammed, for whom battling against the odds has been a lifelong theme.

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The former president addresses the greatest challenges facing the world, and what we can do about them

During the course of my presidency, I made climate change a top priority, because I believe that, for all the challenges that we face, this is the one that will define the contours of this century more dramatically perhaps than the others. No nation, whether it’s large or small, rich or poor, will be immune from the impacts of climate change. We are already experiencing it in America, where some cities are seeing floods on sunny days, where wildfire seasons are longer and more dangerous, where in our arctic state, Alaska, we’re seeing rapidly eroding shorelines, and glaciers receding at a pace unseen in modern times.

Over my eight years in office, we dramatically increased our generation of clean energy, we acted to curtail our use of dirty energy, and we invested in energy efficiency across the board. At the 2015 climate change summit in Paris, we helped lead the world to the first significant global agreement for a low-carbon future.

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An aid ban is exposing women to risky births and their children to disease in Sudan’s Nuba mountains, where a million people are sheltering from conflict

Under a huge baobab tree in Sudan’s Nuba mountains, I met Sebila, a 27-year-old mother of three. In March last year, her village had been attacked by Sudanese ground troops and bombed by government war planes. The assault forced Sebila and many other villagers to flee deeper into rebel-held territory.

She was just back in the village for the day with her children, two toddlers in tow and carrying a baby, to dig up sorghum she had buried. Sebila said food here is scarcer than it has been for years, because of poor rains and conflict fighting. “It’s exhausting, trying to feed them all [my family],” Sebila said of her children.

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Once treated like a hero, Shumayala Javed says she gave up her netball career to marry – only for her husband to shun her when she had a girl

It looked like the happiest day of her life. Women were dressed in the finest needlework, speakers blared out love songs and the food was piled high. Nobody could say the bride’s parents hadn’t looked after their guests.

But to Shumayala Javed, the celebrations felt bittersweet. Her marriage meant the end of her netball career. She was a national champion.

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Health system in Yemen at breaking point as sharp spike in reported cases prompts urgent work to identify suspected new cholera strain

As Yemen’s cholera outbreak gathers pace, an investigation is under way to determine whether a new and more deadly strain of the disease is responsible for a second wave of cases that hit the country last month.

With more than 2,000 suspected cases reported daily, medical supplies are running low and in some hospitals beds are shared by up to six children. Scientists are urgently trying to identify the suspected new strain at specialist laboratories in France.

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Failure to recognise Somaliland’s independence means aid that could save lives of people hit by drought and cholera is too slow to arrive, says foreign minister

Somaliland’s foreign minister has said that the international community’s refusal to recognise the republic 26 years after it declared independence means aid is taking far longer to reach people on the brink of famine.

Though Somaliland, on the Gulf of Aden, has 4.4 million inhabitants and its own currency, army and parliament, in the eyes of the world it is part of war-torn Somalia. More than 1.5 million people have been affected by the drought afflicting the state, and most of its livestock has been wiped out. In recent days, the drought has been compounded by an outbreak of cholera in the east.

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Emmanuel Macron and others have noted that US president’s handshake is a claim to superiority, and are fighting him in kind

They say the handshake originated as a gesture designed to prove that both participants were unarmed. But Donald Trump has rewritten that rule along with all the others. In the hands of the US president, the handshake is a weapon.

And now, thanks to the newly elected president of France, we have confirmation that the rest of the world’s leaders are fighting back. Emmanuel Macron’s admission that his white-knuckle clinch with Trump – in which the two men appeared to be engaged in a squeezing duel that saw the US president break off first – was “not innocent” is hardly a surprise. His thinking was plain to see, as he crushed Trump’s hand until the latter’s fingers seemed to quiver for mercy.

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Once he reached Brussels, Trump seemed to abandon Obama’s foreign policy rule of ‘don’t do stupid shit’, and his inability to work by consensus was stark

Over the past nine days, as the Trump White House went on the road around the Middle East and Europe, the rest of the world learned first hand what America already knows: this is a presidency unlike any other in history.

Trump left the US under the shadow of a wide-ranging investigation into contacts between his aides and Russia before and after the November presidential election. In his absence from Washington, that shadow has only grown longer and darker.

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In the wake of a Guardian reporter being body-slammed by Greg Gianforte, some people have been emboldened to condone the attack – as emails show

The Guardian has received a steady stream of correspondence from across the US in the wake of this week’s news of a Guardian reporter being body-slammed by Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate who then went on to win the state’s only House seat.

Some of the emails expressed horror and shame over the assault on Ben Jacobs in which he was thrown to the ground and punched. But the digital mailbag to our opinion section also contained comments of a very different nature.

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The election of a man who has just been charged with assaulting a journalist will create a fresh headache on Capitol Hill for Speaker Paul Ryan

Donald Trump will doubtless be gratified that Greg Gianforte won the special election in Montana. Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, might secretly have been hoping that he lost.

Related: Greg Gianforte wins Montana race for Congress after 'body-slamming' reporter

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Trump’s speech was scolding and ignorant, avoiding a US pledge to commit to collective security, adding force to rumors Russia has influenced him

Donald Trump’s failure to make an explicit commitment to Nato’s article 5, the mutual defence obligation at the heart of the alliance, has prolonged the uncertainty among US allies about Washington’s intentions.

Related: Trump rebukes Nato leaders for not paying defence bills

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Trump’s colleagues are likely to want to change his instincts on climate change and refugees, among other issues, but few can predict how he might react

For a president who prizes personal chemistry, a day and a half cloistered with the leaders of the six major capitalist economies in the medieval Sicilian coastal town of Taormina might seem attractive – even if it marks a come-down from Mar-a-Lago.

Related: Reluctant traveler Trump takes off on trip fraught with diplomatic dangers

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Rise in acts of plane-related violence shed light on something bigger: modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible

Outclassed: the secret life of inequality is our new column about class. Read the first one here

A doctor is forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight, losing two teeth and gaining a concussion as he’s pulled down the aisle. A whole family with young children is dragged off by Delta. A near-riot breaks out at the Fort Lauderdale airport. Air rage may be to the 21st century what hysteria was to the 19th: a window into the sickness of our society.

Modern air travel is a perfect example of a situation in which human status is highly visible: it can be seen in everything from how the rich can pay to cut security lines to the way everyone else has to wait while those who have “earned status” board first. And then, of course, there’s the long walk through the cushy first-class cabin to a claustrophobic middle seat at the back of “torture class”.

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Ted Wheeler says the city stands with and supports its immigrant community after the fatal stabbing of two men who tried to intervene during the racial abuse of Muslim girls on a train. Wheeler goes on to say “there is too much hate in the world right now and far too much violence” and blames the current political climate for spreading bigotry

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The president jetted back to the US on Saturday after a whirlwind tour of the Middle East and Europe. We look back at some of the most memorable images from Trump’s week away from the White House

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Hillary Clinton made a fiery commencement speech at her alma mater on Friday, hinting at the possibility of a Donald Trump impeachment and comparing him to Richard Nixon. She made the speech nearly 50 years after graduating from Wellesley College in 1969 and six months after losing the 2016 presidential election, saying of the aftermath: ‘I won’t lie, chardonnay helped a little’

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The US secretary of state says the Trump administration takes full responsibility for intelligence leaks of the police investigation into the Manchester bombing. Tillerson, who met the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, in London on Friday, reiterated America’s ‘special relationship’ with Britain

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Republican Greg Gianforte apologizes for ‘body-slamming’ the Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs the day before winning Montana’s sole seat in the House of Representatives. Speaking to a cheering crowd, Gianforte says he took an action he can’t take back and apologizes to Jacobs

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The US president says 23 of the 28 member nations ‘are still not paying what they should be paying’ to ensure their defence. Speaking at a Nato conference in Brussels, Donald Trump says: ‘This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States, and many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years.’

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Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs gives his account of his alleged assault by the Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat, Greg Gianforte. Jacobs says he was ‘body-slammed’ to the ground and was told to ‘get the hell out of here’ after questioning the candidate about the Republican healthcare plan. Gianforte has since been charged with misdemeanor assault

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The US speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, says the Republican candidate in Montana’s special House election, Greg Gianforte, should apologize after being charged with assaulting a Guardian reporter

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Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron meet for the first time in Brussels on Thursday, shaking hands awkwardly for the cameras. Later in the day at the new Nato headquarters, they shake hands again, a bit more vigorously this time

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