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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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Isis’s hold weakens as Iraqi troops plan last big push to retake Mosul while loss of al-Bab is big blow to terror group in Syria

Battlefield defeats in Iraq and Syria continued to splinter Islamic State’s hold on both countries on Thursday, with Mosul airport seized by advancing Iraqi forces and the town of al-Bab finally falling to Syrian rebels.

Backed heavily by Turkey, rebels said they had recaptured nearly all of al-Bab, which had remained Isis’s westernmost stronghold throughout five months of intensive fighting and a key target of the war against the terror group.

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Chief White House strategist pushes economic nationalist agenda at CPAC and continues relentless attacks on media, vowing: ‘Every day is going to be a fight’

Steve Bannon, the man seen as the power behind Donald Trump’s throne, has declared that the president will take the US back from a “corporatist, globalist media” that opposes his brand of economic nationalism.

Related: CPAC 2017 live: Steve Bannon says Trump 'maniacally focused' on keeping promises

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Kuala Lumpur airport terminal where attack on North Korean leader’s half-brother took place will be decontaminated, say police

Malaysian police have said the substance used in the killing of Kim Jong-nam was a “VX nerve agent”, a highly toxic liquid used only in chemical warfare.

Malaysia’s inspector general, Khalid Abu Bakar, later added that one of the two women suspected of the poisoning also suffered its effects. “She was vomiting,” he said without elaborating.

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  • US secretary of state and homeland security chief hold talks in Mexico
  • Tillerson admits differences as president defends deportation policy

Donald Trump issued a staunch defence of his expanded deportation policy on Thursday, claiming his administration was getting “bad dudes out of this country”, further souring an already tense visit to Mexico by his secretaries of state and homeland security.

The president made his remarks at a business forum in Washington while Rex Tillerson, his secretary of state, was meeting his Mexican counterpart, Luis Videgaray.

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Dutch far-right leader stops campaigning in public for March polls after a member of his security team is arrested

The Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders and his populist Freedom party have suspended all public campaigning for next month’s parliamentary elections following an alleged security leak.

Wilders, current frontrunner for the Netherlands’ general elections, to be held on 15 March, said on Twitter: “Very alarming news. The PVV is suspending its public activities until all facts in connection with the corruption investigation are known.”

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Syrian women gather at UN headquarters wanting to know if their sons, brothers and husbands are alive or dead

With the first day of the Syrian peace talks in Geneva bogged down in a row over the composition of the opposition delegation, five Syrian women stood outside the UN headquarters to remind the negotiators of what was at stake.

They held large photographs of missing sons, brothers and husbands, and had a simple request: to know their relatives’ whereabouts, and whether they were dead or alive.

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Senator Leila de Lima taken into custody on charges of drug trafficking, outraging supporters and human rights activists

The highest-profile opponent of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs has been arrested – on charges of drug trafficking.

The arrest of Senator Leila de Lima, had been announced on Thursday, outraging her supporters and human rights activists, who said the government had manufactured drug trafficking charges to silence her criticism of Duterte and intimidate others.

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Ministers say scale of looting by autocratic former leader Yahya Jammeh was much higher than originally thought and that he left country $1bn in debt

The former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh stole far more money from the state than previously thought, the new government has alleged, leaving the country with a “monstrous debt” of more than $1bn.

The autocratic former leader of the small west African country siphoned off at least $50m from social security, the country’s ports, and the national telecoms company, according to two senior ministers in new president Adama Barrow’s government.

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Enda Kenny says deal should allow for Northern Ireland to rejoin EU should it be united with Irish Republic

Ireland wants a special provision in any Brexit deal to allow Northern Ireland to rejoin the EU should it be united with the Republic.

The taoiseach, Enda Kenny, said in Brussels that the deal between the EU and the UK should include language that would allow the north to easily return to the bloc.

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Rodrigo Rato found guilty of misuse of corporate credit cards issued by banks whose near collapse sparked EU bailout

The former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for misusing corporate credit cards while in charge of two leading Spanish banks at the height of the country’s financial crisis.

Rato, also a former a Spanish economy minister and deputy prime minister, was found guilty on Thursday of embezzlement, at the end of a five-month trial at Spain’s national court.

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More than a dozen high schools targeted and vehicles set ablaze amid anger at police after alleged assault on young black man

Teenage demonstrators have blockaded more than a dozen high schools in and around Paris, mounting makeshift barricades and setting fire to cars, scooters and rubbish bins, in protest at the alleged rape of a young black man by police.

Authorities said nine students were arrested in the suburb of Clichy after about 100 youths set two cars and a motorbike alight, threw stones and shattered a shop window .

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State news agency insists leader’s half-brother died of heart attack not poisoning, and blames South Korea for ‘conspiratorial racket’

North Korea has lashed out at Malaysia over the death of Kim Jong-nam, accusing it of having a “sinister purpose” and collaborating with South Korea, which has said Pyongyang agents assassinated Kim Jong-un’s half-brother.

In the first report from state-run KCNA news agency since the attack on February 13, the government accused Malaysia of breaking international law by conducting autopsies on a diplomatic passport holder and withholding the body.

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Three conservatives – one a settler – and Arab-Israeli to sit in 15-member court in move seen as victory for Ayelet Shaked

Israel has appointed three new conservative judges, including a settler, to its 15-member supreme court, in what is being painted as a victory for Israel’s rightwing justice minister, Ayelet Shaked, in her campaign to alter the political composition of the court.

The supreme court has long been seen by rightwingers as too liberal and not sufficiently representative of the religious right and settler movement in particular.

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US withdrew guidance stating federal law requires transgender students to have unfettered access to bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity

The Trump administration has withdrawn a piece of federal guidance requiring transgender students to have unfettered access to bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identity, in a move that could embolden many schools to restrict trans rights.

In doing so, the administration has signaled that it does not necessarily interpret current federal civil rights protections as prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.

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Health experts are watching the progress of the tax to see if it will lower the rates of obesity-related diseases and type 2 diabetes

Mexico’s sugar tax appears to be having a significant impact for the second year running in changing the habits of a nation famous for its love of Coca-Cola, and will encourage countries troubled by obesity and contemplating a tax of their own.

An analysis of sugary-drink purchases, carried out by academics in Mexico and the United States, has found that the 5.5% drop in the first year after the tax was introduced was followed by a 9.7% decline in the second year, averaging 7.6% over the two-year period.

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Exoplanets found orbiting Trappist-1 raise hope that the hunt for alien life beyond the solar system can start much sooner than previously thought

A huddle of seven worlds, all close in size to Earth, and perhaps warm enough for water and the life it can sustain, has been spotted around a small, faint star in the constellation of Aquarius.

Related: This discovery is a lottery win for astronomers looking for life beyond Earth

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Self-described outsider and centrist take surprise step of joining forces as veteran of three elections says France is at ‘extreme risk’ and needs ‘exceptional response’

Emmanuel Macron’s presidential campaign has been boosted by a surprise alliance with veteran centrist François Bayrou.

Bayrou, the perennial “third man” of French politics, surprised supporters on Wednesday by offering to sacrifice a separate candidacy and join forces with the former Socialist economy minister, who is standing on a centrist ticket.

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Officials have set a Wednesday deadline to evacuate Oceti Sakowin, a key encampment in the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline

Only a few dozen people remained at the Dakota Access pipeline protest encampment on Wednesday night after the state’s eviction deadline saw most of the activists leave voluntarily amid a show of force from law enforcement in riot gear.

Ten activists were arrested on the road near the camp, but police did not enter the camp, according to the North Dakota governor, Doug Burgum, who spoke at a press conference Wednesday evening. Burgum said the eviction had gone “very smoothly” and that he expected the government to have “unfettered access to the camp starting tomorrow”.

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Frustrated constituents make their views known to representatives around the country, focusing anger on Trump’s immigration and healthcare plans

Congresspeople nationwide have been facing angry crowds, protests and tough questions during this week’s congressional recess, a time when senators and representatives often return to their home districts and hold “town hall” events.

Related: Republican Congress members face tide of protest in home districts

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UN talks resume in Geneva with Russia asking the Syrian air force to respect the ceasefire but little prospect of departure for Assad

The UN special envoy to Syria has said he will give the latest round of peace talks that resumed in Geneva on Thursday “a serious try”, but cautioned against talking about a breakthrough in attempts to end the six-year civil war.

Staffan de Mistura convened his first morning meeting with the delegation of the Syrian government. He was expected to meet opposition figures later in the day.

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In Rudong, where a third of the population is over 60, a university for older people is one solution to a changing demographic

It has been dubbed the “grey wall of China”, a demographic shift so big you can almost see it from space.

The world’s most populous country is getting old. Plummeting birthrates, the result of the much-loathed one-child policy, and dramatically improved life expectancy mean that by 2050 more than a quarter of China’s population – almost 500 million people – will be over 65.

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Kim Jong-un’s regime claims not to possess any chemical weapons, but the use of VX nerve agent to kill Kim Jong-nam could be designed to deter defectors

The use of one of the world’s most potent chemical weapons, VX, to kill Kim Jong-nam, sends a powerful message to the rivals and enemies of his half-brother and likely murderer, the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.

It suggests that it was far more important to make absolutely sure the target was killed, than to try to cover up Pyongyang’s tracks. The brutal killing in public in an international airport will be chilling to any present or future defectors.

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Malcolm Turnbull vows not to be provoked but Mathias Cormann ‘flabbergasted’ at ‘completely unhelpful’ commentary

• Abbott takes aim at Turnbull and lays out conservative manifesto

Senior cabinet ministers have rejected Tony Abbott’s conservative manifesto and gloomy assessment of the government’s fortunes, with Mathias Cormann labelling it a “self-indulgent” and “deliberately destructive” intervention.

Malcolm Turnbull has vowed not to be provoked by Abbott but endorsed Cormann’s attack and sharply contrasted his record of achievement with unfulfilled talk of the former prime minister.

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Declared a weapon of mass destruction by the UN, the banned chemical agent is more potent than any other

Malaysian police have revealed that the nerve agent VX was used to kill Kim Jong-nam when he was attacked at Kuala Lumpur’s international airport.

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Despite honourable intentions, this film addressing the Stalin-inflicted 1932-33 genocide in Ukraine is at times embarrassingly bad

At least Bitter Harvest’s release date is relatively timely, given the recent focus in the news on Russia’s brutally aggressive, expansive ambitions. Putin may be accused of killing, but he’s got nothing on Joseph Stalin who instigated the genocide via famine of some 10 million Ukrainians in 1932-33, an atrocity now known at the Holodomor. This drama by director/co-writer George Mendeluk is one of the very few western films to address the subject, and while one may applaud the intention, the execution is markedly uneven.

Max Irons stars as Yuri, a Cossack’s son with dreamy eyes and notable daddy issues who deeply loves feisty local beauty Natalka (Samantha Barks). Not long after their marriage, Stalin (incarnated by Gary Oliver in cutaway scenes, practically twiddling his bushy, fake moustache) comes to power and the tractors of death start ploughing up the land. The dialogue is at times embarrassingly bad, and the death of practically every principal supporting character is marked by a shot of some prop being splattered with metonymic blood. On the other hand, the period details are impressive and must have cost a pretty kopiyka or two, and the film benefits visually from being shot on location.

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Strongmen are back in vogue, but these six people are determined to defy the despots

These are trying times. We live in an age of autocracy when strongmen (they are almost always men) abuse their power to silence their critics, use brute force to stop people championing the vulnerable and rob people of their agency in the pursuit of power.

In a world flooded with triumphant nationalist statements and declarations of war, who speaks for the other side? Who is willing to risk solitary confinement and be torn from loved ones to speak for the voiceless?

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The chaos of eastern Ukraine has taken a heavy toll on this Soviet-era winery, which once supplied more than half the country

You would not know from Yuri’s calm demeanour, as he describes the bubbles rising in his champagne flute, that that we are only a few miles from the frontlines in eastern Ukraine.

Related: Violence flares in war-weary Ukraine as US dithers and Russia pounces

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From imprisoned journalists to the forthcoming referendum, tell us how the current climate is affecting you

Turkey, once held up as an exemplar of secular democracy in the Muslim world, is now the world’s biggest prison for journalists. Since he came to power in 2014, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has slowly tightened his grip on freedom of expression, choking his critics.

Editors of national newspapers now face life sentences for working “against the state”. People have been arrested for Facebook posts criticising the government and last week over 4,400 public servants were sacked in an act branded by critics as a witchhunt targeting the political opposition.

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Mass walkout over reneged 2013 deal on boosting pay and staffing has left patients untreated and medical union leaders in jail

Kenya’s hospitals have almost ground to a halt, with millions facing a third month in a row without healthcare as doctors strike over low pay and poor working conditions.

The public healthcare system has long been overburdened and underfunded, but has now virtually stopped functioning after 5,000 doctors walk out in December after attempts to reach a compromise with the health ministry stalled.

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How Aisha Bakari Gombi, ‘queen hunter’ in the fight against the world’s deadliest terror group, became a heroine in north Nigeria

As seven abducted women and four children were being taken deeper into Sambisa forest, Aisha Bakari Gombi received a call.

The voice was familiar: an army commander asking her to assemble a group of hunters to track them down.

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Andrei Zhukov praised by activists for singlehandedly identifying every NKVD officer involved in 1930s arrests and killings

For two decades, starting in 1993, Andrei Zhukov went down into a Moscow archive at least three days a week, spending hour after hour leafing through thousands of orders issued by the NKVD, Joseph Stalin’s secret police, searching for the names and ranks of the organisation’s officers.

The result is the first comprehensive survey of the NKVD men responsible for carrying out Stalin’s “Great Terror” of 1937 and 1938, in which about 1.5 million people were arrested and 700,000 shot. While it is not the first study into the senior leadership of the NKVD, this is the first time that everyone – from the investigators to the executioners – has been identified. There are just over 40,000 names on the list.

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Extent of crisis becomes clear as children of women caught up in tik epidemic struggle with hyperactivity and aggression

Justin Summers has a mop of curly brown hair and enjoys playing marbles. Aged seven, he is on the cusp of starting his 12-year journey through South Africa’s education system.

But before he’s even started, the outlook for his education is dire. His ability to learn has been severely compromised because his mother, Agnes, used methamphetamine while pregnant with him. She is now expecting her fifth child, and is still using the narcotic.

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A small group of Buddhists led by a veteran of the USSR’s Afghan war has spent 21 years establishing a monastery in the Ural mountains. It sits on land claimed by a company belonging to one of Russia’s most powerful oligarchs. After years of delays, a date has now been set for the complex’s removal. Photojournalist Amos Chapple visited the monastery for RFE/RL

A 7km forest trail leads up to the monastery on the summit of Mount Kachkanar, which rises 888 metres above sea level. After heavy snowfall, the hike can take up to seven hours.

Teams travel by sled down the mountain to collect supplies.

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Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, set to win new term, sings on TV and participates in, and wins, cycle and horse races

There is little doubt that Turkmenistan’s president, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, will win a new term in office in elections set for later this month. The question is what the dictatorial leader will get up to during the campaign.

This week, he was pictured giving a rendition of an apparently self-written song to a group of workers in the country, accompanying himself on the guitar.

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Dmitri Isaev is exploiting a legal loophole to help the transgender community from a secret location in St Petersburg

You won’t find any mention of Dr Dmitri Isaev’s clinic online, and patients can’t look up the number in a phone book. Both name and address are kept secret, and those who would like an appointment with Isaev, a leading gender identity expert, must discover the location of his St Petersburg clinic by word of mouth.

The doctor has been working undercover after conservative activists led a campaign of intimidation against his clinic for transgender patients at Saint Petersburg State Paediatric Medical University.

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Both left and right are promoting the idea of a basic wage for everyone, currently on trial, as a solution to the new world of work

When he got the letter after Christmas saying he was entitled to an unconditional income of €560 (£478) a month, Mika Ruusunen couldn’t believe his luck. “At first I thought it was a joke. I had to read it many times. I looked for any evidence it might be false.”

But the father of two was not the victim of a scam. He has been selected to take part in an experiment being run by the Finnish government, in which 2,000 unemployed people between the ages of 25 and 58 will receive a guaranteed sum – a “basic income” – of €560 a month for two years. It replaces their unemployment benefit, but they will continue to receive it whether or not they find work. The government hopes it will encourage the unemployed to take on part-time work without worrying about losing their benefits.

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Welland Valley, Leicestershire Wildlife sightings, even on a short walk across the fields, demonstrate the effect of these ‘green corridors’

The reed buntings sway on their vertical perches like trapeze artists waiting for the next trick. Bare hawthorn whips make a good vantage point from which to survey the landscape before they flit into a field of winter stubble to feed.

The males have a black head and smart white collar, adding to the appearance of professional performers. The females look at bit dowdy at first but, on closer inspection, their streaky brown plumage and fine white moustaches, running from the base of the beak across their cheeks, are just as handsome.

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British suicide bomber’s wife says his views became extreme after he began associating with Islamic State recruiter Raphael Hostey

The wife of British suicide bomber Jamal al-Harith has revealed for the first time that her husband was radicalised a decade after his release from Guantánamo Bay by the Islamic State recruiter Raphael Hostey.

Shukee Begum also said he was given “substantially less” than £1m in compensation for his detention from the British government.

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Millions face starvation, but the world is turning away. We are too late to prevent this severe food crisis – but we can and must act now to save lives

How can a disaster be unprecedented and yet also entirely predictable and preventable? And how can it be that, when such a catastrophe can be halted, we still fail to do so? That is the situation now unfolding across four countries, where 20 million people may starve to death within six months. The first famine recorded worldwide in six years has already been declared in part of South Sudan. Yemen, northern Nigeria and Somalia are also on the brink, according to the Famine Early Warning System, which says global hunger levels are at their highest for decades.

In the past, famine was often misunderstood as an inadequate food supply. Now we have grasped that – notwithstanding the alarming implications of a soaring global population, climate change and the effects of current farming practices – the key question is who can access food. People die because of disintegrating governments as well as poor rains. In each of the current cases, the problem has complex roots, but the striking common thread is conflict: the impact of jihadist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, the civil war in South Sudan and a war – fuelled in part by British and US bombs – that has destroyed and paralysed Yemen’s ports, to devastating effect in a country which imported 90% of its food. In Somalia, the primary immediate cause is drought, but decades of conflict have left it vulnerable.

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Retired Navy admiral William McRaven has said Donald Trump’s description of the media as the enemy of the American people ‘may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime’. He told journalism students at the University of Texas the US has ‘the finest press in the world bar none’ and urged them to challenge Trump’s statement at every opportunity.

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Sydney archbishop Anthony Fisher says he can’t be assured priests are ‘not misbehaving again’ and struggles with financially supporting abusers

Sydney’s Catholic archbishop says he can’t pretend there is remotely enough supervision of abusive priests to be certain they won’t sexually assault children again.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher said on Friday the church financially supports known abusers and tries to find out where they live when they want nothing more to do with the institution.

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A light-hearted short film directed by Armand de Saint-Salv for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras captures how trivial the acceptance of equal love should be in Australian households, especially in light of more pressing matters such as tomato sauce versus barbecue sauce

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Statement comes amid calls from party leader Pauline Hanson for a ban on Muslim immigration, surveillance in mosques and a royal commission into Islam

The rise of political parties with challenging views on Islam such as Australia’s One Nation are a “concern”, the Indonesian foreign ministry says.

The minor party’s leader, Pauline Hanson, has called for a halt to Muslim immigration, surveillance cameras in mosques and schools and a royal commission into whether Islam is a policy or an ideology.

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Geert Wilders, the far-right leader of the Dutch populist Freedom party, suspends his public election campaign on Thursday after an alleged security leak. A Dutch secret service agent who was part of the team responsible for protecting Wilders has been suspended on suspicion of leaking details to a criminal organisation. The justice minister, Stef Blok, said Dutch politicians could “campaign safely on Dutch streets” and said the alleged leak had endangered no one

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Pauline Latham tells Commons debate on child refugees from France that it is not the UK’s job to look after them

Critics of the government’s decision to close the door on refugee children from Calais have been urged to “stop being sentimental” by a Tory backbencher.

Pauline Latham, the Conservative MP for mid-Derbyshire, said other governments across Europe should be looking after the children in their jurisdictions, not Britain.

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  • ‘Sexually explicit’ video of giraffe in New York zoo briefly removed by YouTube
  • Owner Jordan Patch blames ‘handful of extremists and animal rights activists’

The owner of a New York zoo planning to livestream a giraffe giving birth says the video feed was briefly removed from YouTube because animal rights activists labeled it sexually explicit.

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Letter signed by former DPP also calls for release of report into 2015 strike that killed Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan in Syria

Lord Macdonald, the former director of public prosecutions, has co-signed a letter to Theresa May calling for greater transparency on the UK’s use of a “kill list” for drone strikes targeting British fighters in Syria and elsewhere.

The letter calls for the release of a report by parliament’s intelligence and security committee (ISC) into the British drone strike that killed Cardiff-born Reyaad Khan in Syria in August 2015, as well as the names of any further targets killed in the name of self-defence.

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Pope criticises ‘double life’ led by some members of his own church during the sermon of his private morning mass

Pope Francis has delivered another criticism of some members of his own church, suggesting it was better to be an atheist than one of many Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.

In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning mass in his residence, he said: “It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life.

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Four months after the start of the operation to take back Iraq’s second city from Islamic State, we map the progress of the coalition forces

In June 2014, when the leader of Isis, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared a global caliphate, he did it from Mosul, Iraq’s second city. Isis rapidly expanded its territory in Iraq and Syria throughout that year, but has since been gradually pushed back, partly due to US-led airstrikes. Losing Mosul now could spell the end of the jihadi group’s ability to control large swaths of Iraq.

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Jonathan Head would face up to five years in jail if convicted in case that rights groups say exposes problem with Thai law

A British journalist with the BBC could face up to five years in a Thai jail after a lawyer brought a criminal defamation case against him over an investigation into fraud on a popular tourist island.

Rights groups say the case exposes how Thailand’s defamation and computer crime laws scupper investigative journalism and make it difficult to expose wrongdoing in an endemically corrupt country.

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The salt flats in Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia, are the largest in the world and contain 50-70% of the world’’s lithium reserves

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Crowd of 650 people gather in city centre, waving placards and flags in protest at Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered at Sydney’s Town Hall on Thursday evening to voice their anger at the historic visit to Australia by the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

In the 650-strong crowd, many waved placards and flags and chanted as they moved down Pitt Street and through the central business district while a police helicopter hovered overhead.

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Kim Jong-un’s multilingual, well-travelled older brother might have helped the country towards reform

As the news surrounding Kim Jong-nam’s death gets increasingly surreal it’s easy to forget what he could have represented: a North Korea capable of gradual reform.

Unlike most of his fellow citizens he was multilingual and travelled around the world from a young age, and while he never crossed to a position of dissent – by speaking out about human rights abuses or befriending defectors – a North Korea with him in the power structure could have looked remarkably different.

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George Clooney turns tables on Donald Trump … Bowie and Beyoncé among winners at the Brits … and row over freed Gitmo prisoner who joined Isis

Hello, this is Warren Murray getting you up to speed.

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A men’s social club celebrates their lack of hair in Tsuruta City with a bizarre game of tug of war

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An annual get-together tries to ‘view baldness in a positive manner’ and also involves a game of tug of war using suction cups

It’s not normally a club that you want to join, but a few dozen Japanese men are prepared to make a go of it and celebrate their baldness in the Tsuruta City Bald Men’s Club.

Gathering for their annual event at hot springs in the city 700km north of Tokyo, members took turns competing in a game of tug-of-war by sticking a suction cup to each of their heads. The cup is attached to a single red rope and both sides then attempt to pull the cup off of their opponent’s head.

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If Beijing allows human rights to deteriorate in Hong Kong, then the whole country will lose all hope of reform

Hong Kong’s leader Leung “CY” Chun-ying is preparing to leave office following a five-year term marred by allegations of corruption, controversial remarks, and unfulfilled promises. He will be the first chief executive not to serve a second term.

With elections for his successor scheduled for 26 March, what does the future hold for Hong Kong?

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Crown Prince Naruhito turns 57 and says he will share ‘pain and joy of the people’ like his father, who wants to step down due to old age and illness

Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito has marked his 57th birthday by announcing he is ready to become emperor upon the expected abdication of his father, Akihito.

A government panel is debating how to allow the 83-year-old Akihito, who has had heart surgery and prostate cancer treatment, to step down after he said in August that he feared age might make it hard for him to fulfil his duties.

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Oxfam warns that inequality personified by clove cigarette tycoons Budi and Michael Hartono will damage the nation’s economy

The four richest men in Indonesia own as much wealth as the country’s poorest 100 million citizens, despite the nation’s president repeatedly pledging to fighting “dangerous” levels of inequality.

Oxfam on Thursday highlighted Indonesia as one of the most unequal countries in the world, where the number of dollar billionaires has increased from one in 2002 to 20 in 2016.

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As US envoys visit Mexico City for talks, Luis Videgaray says his government will use the UN to defend migrants from deportation

Mexico has indicated it will not accept the Trump administration’s new immigration proposals, saying it will go to the United Nations to defend the rights of immigrants in the US.

Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s foreign minister, was responding to Donald Trump’s plans to enforce immigration rules more vigorously against undocumented migrants, which could lead to mass deportations to Mexico, not just of Mexicans but also citizens of other Latin American countries.

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Former Guantánamo detainee Jamal al-Harith was able to travel to Iraq because he was not considered a major security threat

The British former Guantánamo detainee thought to have carried out a suicide bombing for Islamic State in Iraq this week was not being monitored by the British security services when he left the UK in 2014.

Jamal al-Harith was not a subject of active investigation at the time, the Guardian understands, because he was not considered to be a major security threat, so there would not have been a reason to have stopped him travelling abroad to join the terror group.

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How do ships safely navigate the San Francisco Bay? In his latest data viz roundup, Max Galka gives a guided tour of the Bay’s marine traffic, tracks trees in major cities, and maps the US based on the flow of its commuters

How do ships safely navigate in and out of the San Francisco Bay? This animated story map by Sam Kronick of Mapbox answers this question by taking you on a guided tour of the Bay’s marine traffic.

Based on 24 hours of telemetry data from the US Coast Guard, the map displays in striking detail the paths taken by every ship to sail within the Bay harbour on 1 September 2014. Each ship is categorised by size, and the depth of the Bay waters are conveyed using colour, adding some context for interpreting the ships’ movements.

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As part of an effort to ‘clean up’ Brazil’s biggest city, mayor João Doria has been down on his knees, spraying grey paint over beloved street art. Locals are furious

For many of the 12 million people who live in São Paulo, sitting in traffic and staring out the window at the graffiti-coated walls that line the 23 de Maio thoroughfare is a daily ritual, defining life in the city like the shake of a London umbrella or the swipe of a New York Metrocard. In a city locked in by traffic and grey high-rises, these long swaths of colourful, ever-changing graffiti images – beautiful, ugly, political and sometimes offensive – serve as jagged cuts in the city’s visual monotony.

And then, one morning, the walls were grey.

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Has the great urbanisation of our species over the last 5,000 years been good for humanity or bad? It’s a story that can be told by examining ancient skeletons – which reveal incredible dangers, but also point to a bright future

The UN human settlements programme predicts that homo sapiens will soon be a majority urban species: 60% of humans will live in cities by 2030. More than 10 millennia of adaptations have gone into changing our lives from free-range to metropolitan. Yet in evolutionary terms this is a blindingly swift change of habitat, and to understand what it means for our future we must turn to the long view of archaeology.

The accumulation of humans in dense habitations – cities – has had enormous and frequently fatal consequences. Problems of access to resources, disease transmission and pollution follow rapidly on the heels of our great urban experiment. And it is precisely these problems, originating many thousand of years ago, that we must come to terms with if we are going to survive as a species.

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The Cologne Public Library is serving as a social and educational space for the city’s refugees, as counterparts across Germany increasingly become places for community engagement. Could the UK learn from this?

While a flurry of snow threatens to fall outside at any moment, Sanaw, a 30-year-old Kurdish Christian from western Iran, is proudly describing his involvement in a nativity play over Christmas.

He holds court at a table of eight fellow refugees, explaining in coherent German how the local theatre group, of which he has only been a member for a matter of months, has helped to improve his sense of belonging in Cologne, his home city for just over a year.

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Malta’s picturesque capital has been used as the set of Gladiator, Troy and King’s Landing in Game of Thrones – but it is also riven by subterranean passages that go back to the legendary Knights of Malta. As the city prepares to be European Capital of Culture, should the tunnels be opened to the public?

When Albert Dimech recognised us, rather than introducing himself, he simply said: “Follow me.”

Dimech had asked the artist Leanne Wijnsma and me to meet him in the centre of Valletta, Malta’s capital city and the European capital for culture in 2018. Wijnsma had been commissioned by the Valletta 2018 foundation to create a piece of artwork about the city’s subterranean world, and Dimech was our point of contact.

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A new $53m BRT (bus rapid transit) system has the power to reduce Hanoi’s dreadful air pollution. Persuading residents of Vietnam’s rapidly expanding capital to ditch their motorbikes and private cars, however, will be another story

From his high-rise office building in Hanoi, Tran Dung can barely see his city’s skyline behind the thick layer of smog. Before leaving work, the 25-year-old executive assistant checks the pollution reading on his AirVisual app, which provides real-time measurements of PM2.5 – the tiny particles found in smog that can damage your throat and lungs.

Hanoi’s PM2.5 levels typically range from 100 to 200 micrograms per cubic metre – regularly within the globally acknowledged “unhealthy” category. But on 19 December last year, they hit “hazardous levels” at 343μg/m3, which was higher than Beijing.

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Stefano Boeri, the architect famous for his plant-covered skyscrapers, has designs to create entire new green settlements in a nation plagued by dirty air

When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a verdant blaze of shrubbery and plant life; a breath of fresh air for metropolises that are choking on a toxic diet of fumes and dust.

Last week, the Italian architect, famed for his tree-clad Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) skyscraper complex in Milan, unveiled plans for a similar project in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing.

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Last month there were 300,000 doctor’s visits in Hong Kong linked to smog – much of which wafts over from mainland China. But in a busy town obsessed with money, will it take a direct economic hit to wake people to the danger?

At the age of three, Margaux Giraudon developed something akin to a smoker’s cough. Thereafter, she became all too familiar with the inside of her doctor’s office in Hong Kong.

For years, her father Nicolas Giraudon was told the same thing by doctors: “Your daughter is sensitive to changes in the weather.” Eventually she grew so ill that she was hooked up to breathing machines in the hospital for three days, inhaling medicine delivered in a mist. At that point, Giraudon decided it was time for the family to return to his native France.

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Premature births across 183 countries may be associated with fine particulate matter, a common air pollutant, with Africa and Asia especially affected

Air pollution could be a contributing factor in millions of premature births around the world each year, a new report has found.

Nearly 15 million babies are born annually before reaching 37 weeks gestation. Premature birth is the leading cause of death among children younger than five years old, and can cause lifelong learning disabilities, visual and hearing problems, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

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From particle-zapping bus stops to compact ‘smart’ air filters, we examine the methods that tackle the symptoms of air pollution

Tackling the causes of air pollution has been on of the themes of our special focus this week, The Air We Breathe.

But in the short term, what about the symptoms? We examined some of the most common solutions to see if the claims they make are anything more than hot air.

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Initial optimism quashed after it emerges that announcement of ‘new’ government support for famine-hit country refers to funding already in place

The British government is facing questions after announcing it was responding to the declaration of famine in South Sudan by allocating £100m of new money that had, in reality, already been reserved for the stricken country.

On Wednesday, the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) released a statement trumpeting what it described as “new humanitarian support” for South Sudan.

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Kary Stewart looks at why 850,000 children work in Bolivia, and whether the numbers can be vindicated by the country’s unique cultural context

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When Bolivia’s government sought to protect children by keeping the minimum working age at 14, child protesters took to the streets. They demanded the legal working age be lowered. As a result, in some cases, children are allowed to work at the age of 10.

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Kary Stewart analiza por qué 850.000 niños trabajan en Bolivia y si los números pueden ser vindicados por el contexto cultural único del país

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Cuando el gobierno boliviano trató de proteger a los niños instaurando la edad mínima de 14 años para trabajar, los manifestantes salieron a las calles. Exigieron que la edad legal de trabajo se redujera. Como resultado, en algunos casos, se permite que los niños trabajen a la edad de 10 años.

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Hopes of renewed impetus on efforts to prevent famine in north-east Nigeria tempered by concerns over omission of word ‘donor’ from summit’s official title

Days after the world’s first famine in six years was declared in South Sudan, the rich countries convening in Norway this week to discuss the Nigeria food crisis face pressure to stump up funds to prevent a second, in north-east Nigeria.

Uppermost on the agenda will be the failure of wealthy states to react more quickly to an international humanitarian appeal for more than 5 million people facing severe food shortages. Sensitive issues surrounding the Nigerian government’s ongoing offensive against Boko Haram militants in the stricken region are also likely to be discussed at the Oslo conference.

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Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, while Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are also at risk. Here’s a roundup of some of the main appeals

The UN has declared famine in parts of South Sudanthe world’s first since 2011 – and warned that Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are also at risk. With the humanitarian system stretched as never before, hunger has reached unprecedented levels according to aid agencies.

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Funding response follows UN warnings that 40% of South Sudan’s population are in urgent need, with people already dying from hunger

New and existing funds provided by the EU and the UK government will be made available to South Sudan following the declaration of famine in the country.

The UN has warned that about 40% of South Sudan’s population are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance and that people are already dying from hunger caused by famine in parts of the country.

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UN agency and other organisations warn that 14 million people need urgent aid, with food shortages in the north-east driven by Boko Haram insurgency

Hundreds of thousands of children under the age of five in north-eastern Nigeria will suffer from severe acute malnutrition this year, with up to 20% dying unless more is done to reach them, according to the UN children’s fund, Unicef, and other aid organisations.

The estimated number of affected children is now 450,000 (pdf), with 14 million people needing humanitarian assistance across the region.

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Dialogue with Sudan to tackle migrant numbers is putting UK and EU’s reputation for championing human rights at risk, says parliamentary committee

UK and European Union attempts to reduce migration from Sudan risk giving legitimacy to its government, which has been accused of human rights abuses, politicians have warned.

The focus on cutting migration from Sudan “is likely to push the UK towards institutions and individuals with whom we differ on principle”, said a report by MPs and peers (pdf) on the all-party parliamentary group for Sudan and South Sudan.

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The aid operations hoping to save lives in South Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, and remembering the master statistician and development champion

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With famine declared in parts of South Sudan, and looming in Somalia, Nigeria and Yemen, Ben Quinn reported on the complex and innovative aid operations under way to save millions of lives. Agencies say that the difference between success and failure of the far-reaching food distribution drive hinges on whether donors will stump up the more than $5.6bn (£4.5bn) needed to tackle food insecurity in the four countries.

And tributes poured in for data guru and development champion Hans Rosling, who died aged 68. Ann Linstrand, head of the vaccine unit at Sweden’s public health agency, remembered him as a kind and constantly curious genius who touched countless lives with his virtuosity for bringing figures to life, encouraging people around the world to engage with facts about population, global health and inequality that might otherwise have passed them by.

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Despite Trump’s ‘bad hombres’ rhetoric, refugees are more likely to be victims of crime, with criminal gangs often working hand in glove with the authorities

Marco Martínez had just stepped off the bus with five other Honduran migrants when four police cars sped into the terminal in downtown Cárdenas. They ran, but were quickly captured.

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Jamal al-Harith joined Isis and became a suicide bomber, but what did the future hold for the other UK citizens and residents?

Jamal al-Harith, the Manchester-born jihadi who blew himself up in Iraq after joining Islamic State, was one of at least 17 British citizens and residents known to have been imprisoned in the US Guantánamo camps in Cuba.

All were interviewed by the British authorities on their return. In 2010 the government agreed to pay them millions of pounds in compensation.

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Bureaucratic wrangles pose threat to US president’s campaign pledge but visit by top officials raises other contentious issues

Mexico will host its first high-profile Donald Trump envoys this week with at least one consolation: the proposed border wall is itself walled in, for now, by Washington bureaucracy.

Federal agencies are reportedly resisting the idea and Congress is hesitant to fund it, leaving the president fighting a lonely battle to keep his campaign promise.

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Who are the people arrested and sought in connection with the assassination of the North Korean leader’s half-brother?

Malaysian police are investigating the apparent assassination of Kim Jong-nam, who died from a seizure en route to hospital on 13 February after telling staff at Kuala Lumpur international airport that a woman had sprayed chemicals on his face.

Four people of different nationalities have been arrested and seven North Koreans are wanted in connection with the attack on the exiled half-brother of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un.

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Lord Neuberger thinks the media should have a ‘degree of responsibility’ in its reporting, but isn’t that a curb on its liberty to speak out?

Those of us who thought Lord Neuberger, outgoing president of the supreme court, was best advised to say nothing while the Daily Mail was doing its foaming Brexit schtick about judicial “enemies of the people” found fears confirmed when his lordship finally joined battle last week. “The rule of law, together with democracy, is one of the two pillars on which our society is based,” Neuberger told the Today show. Indeed, judges were “the ultimate guardians” of the rule of law.

Of course, the press and media “have a positive duty to keep an eye on things. But I think with that power comes the degree of responsibility.” We don’t want unjustified attacks “undermining” society.

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The president’s belligerent approach to the press may distract from problems in the short term, experts say, but history shows such hostility can end badly

Though it was ostensibly called to announce his new nominee for the Department of Labor, Donald Trump’s 77-minute freewheeling press conference on Thursday spent little time on the matter.

Instead, speaking to a room of reporters who repeatedly sought to clarify when and if Trump staffers had had contact with Russians, he recast the event as a referendum on reporters everywhere.

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As we obsess over the latest tweet or never-ending breaking news, let’s not forget that the new administration is causing tangible harm every day

Resignations, Russians and pressers, oh my.

We’re barely a month in, yet somehow every day feels like four years. If the president of the United States isn’t having a complete meltdown during a press conference, then his nomination for labor secretary is withdrawing his name because of an old domestic violence accusation. And there’s the whole campaign-staff-in-touch-with-Russians thing. That’s all!

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Tareck El Aissami joins long list of politicians and public figures subjected to US sanctions over links to the drug trade

The allegations against Venezuela’s vice-president could not have been more serious. Announcing sanctions against Tareck El Aissami this week, the US Treasury Department described him as a “prominent drug trafficker” who had overseen and even partially owned narcotics shipments from Venezuela to the US.

Related: US accuses Venezuelan vice-president of role in global drug trafficking

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The White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, made a rare public appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, in which he taunted the media for supposedly misrepresenting Donald Trump and his first month in office. Bannon, who has rarely appeared in public since joining Trump’s White House, said the administration would continue to fight every day for Trump’s vision. ‘If you think they’re going to give you your country back without a fight, you’re sadly mistaken,’ he told the crowd

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The White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway criticized feminists and the Women’s March during her remarks on the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near Washington DC. Conway said she did not call herself a feminist because she is not ‘anti-male’ or ‘pro-abortion’

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Luke Harding considers the many links between Donald Trump’s administration and Russia. As well as praising President Vladimir Putin, Trump has surrounded himself with men with close ties with Russia. He has failed to quash allegations that his staff had improper contact with Russian officials, or that he has business interests in Russia

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The White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said the justice and education departments were reviewing current federal guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools. If changed, the decision could reverse a historic directive issued last May by Barack Obama designed to protect the rights of transgender students amid growing confusion and controversy at schools. Instead, individual states would be able to determine their own policies

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Several fires were lit at the Dakota Access pipeline protest campsite in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, early Wednesday ahead of a deadline from authorities to abandon the area. For months, hundreds of Native Americans and environmental activists have occupied the site as they protest the pipeline’s construction, but Donald Trump has signed an executive order clearing the way for construction to move ahead

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