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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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Elor Azaria’s legal team to appeal against sentence after trial that exposed deep divisions between military and rightwing nationalists

An Israeli military medic who was captured on camera killing an incapacitated Palestinian attacker last year has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Elor Azaria’s sentence was imposed by a panel of three judges sitting in a military court in Tel Aviv. Prosecutors had demanded a sentence of between three and five years, while Azaria himself had asked the court to be “merciful” and sentence him to open detention.

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Red Crescent says circumstances surrounding the drowning off Mediterranean coast of Zawiya are not yet clear

Scores of bodies, presumed to be African migrants, have washed ashore on Libya’s Mediterranean coast in the western city of Zawiya.

At least 74 bodies were found on the beach on Tuesday morning. The circumstances of the drowning was unknown, a spokesman for Libya’s Red Crescent spokesman said.

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Exclusive: Kim Jong-un’s half-brother felt powerless and conflicted over North Korea’s fate and feared for his own safety in exile

Kim Jong-nam spent his last few years highly paranoid, hiding from the regime run by his dictator half-brother while struggling with a sense of powerlessness over the fate of his homeland, according to people who knew him.

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Former US attorney general brought in after female engineer claimed company frequently dismissed complaints and protected a repeat offender

Uber has hired the former US attorney general Eric Holder to investigate allegations of sexual harassment after an engineer went public with claims that she repeatedly faced sexism and discrimination at the ride-sharing company.

In a staff email shared with the Guardian on Monday, Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, said Holder would conduct an “independent review” and also revealed that women made up only 15% of the company’s workforce in engineering, product management and scientist roles.

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Iraq Museum takes unusual step of allowing objects to leave country to show their significance amid Isis’s ‘nihilistic’ destruction

The Iraq Museum of Baghdad is to display 40 ancient artefacts at the Venice Biennale this year, including several that were recently returned after its looting in 2003. The exhibition will be the first time all the objects have been legally allowed out of the country.

Ancient clay pots, medical objects, musical instruments and figurines of deities and animals will be among the items on display, some of which date back to 6,100 BC.

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Centrist candidate will address more than 3,000 French people in Central Hall hoping to persuade those registered to vote abroad

More than 3,000 French voters are set to pack out Central Hall in Westminster on Tuesday as Emmanuel Macron, the centrist outsider seen as a leading contender in France’s presidential race, brings his campaign to London.

With nine weeks to go before the first round of a wide-open contest, the former investment banker and economy minister is seeking votes where he can find them and hoping his crusade to break the “complacency and vacuity” of a failing French political system will find favour with expatriates.

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A complex – and innovative – aid operation to save millions of lives in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria is under way, but success hinges on donors meeting the $5.6bn cost

Step out of Juba’s makeshift tented terminal and you’ll see them lined up along the tarmac as far as the eye can see: hulking white cargo planes stamped with the acronyms of UN aid agencies and NGOs.

But the fleets of aircraft that dominate the airport of South Sudan’s capital are just one part of a complex and sophisticated humanitarian response to famine, which was declared in parts of the country’s north on Monday and looms simultaneously in three other countries for the first time in modern history.

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Kasumigaseki Country Club is due to host the men’s and women’s tournaments in 2020 but the IOC has demanded it allows full access to both sexes

The venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic golf tournament could have the event taken away unless it grants equal playing rights to female members, the International Committee (IOC) has warned.

Kasumigaseki Country Club, a private golf course in Saitama prefecture, north-west of Tokyo, forbids women from becoming full members and from playing on Sundays.

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Simon & Schuster pulls forthcoming autobiography, titled Dangerous, for which it had reportedly paid a $250,000 advance

Simon & Schuster has cancelled the publication of Milo Yiannopoulos’ book, and his fellow Breitbart employees have reportedly threatened to quit if he is not fired.

A statement from the publisher late on Monday said: “After careful consideration, Simon & Schuster and its Threshold Editions imprint have cancelled publication of Dangerous by Milo Yiannopoulos.”

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Twin-engine aircraft had just taken off from Essendon airport when it ploughed into a shopping centre

A plane that crashed into a shopping centre near Essendon airport in Melbourne, killing four US tourists and their Australian pilot, had a “catastrophic engine failure” shortly after takeoff, police have said.

The twin-engine aircraft, which issued a mayday shortly after leaving the airport about 9am on Tuesday, was taking the tourists to King Island to play golf.

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Prolonged closure at Flamanville plant after fire damage piles further financial pressure on state-owned energy firm

The prolonged closure of a major French atomic reactor after an explosion this month probably costs EDF at least £1m a day, according to experts.

The nuclear plant operator, which will spend £18bn building the UK’s first new nuclear power station in a generation, shut unit 1 at its Flamanville plant after a fire broke out in the turbine hall.

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French far-right party dismisses police search as ‘media operation whose goal is to disturb course of presidential campaign’

French police searched the headquarters of Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National on Monday evening as part of an official investigation into “fake” jobs involving the misuse of European Union funds to pay for a bodyguard and an assistant in Paris.

Brussels investigators claim Le Pen paid her bodyguard, Thierry Légier, more than €41,500 (£35,350) between October and December 2011, by falsely claiming he was an EU parliamentary assistant. She is also accused of paying nearly €298,000 between December 2010 and 2016 to her France-based assistant Catherine Griset.

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Research finds distinctive language deficits in people with mild cognitive impairment, a precursor to dementia

Rambling and long-winded anecdotes could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to research that suggests subtle changes in speech style occur years before the more serious mental decline takes hold.

The scientists behind the work said it may be possible to detect these changes and predict if someone is at risk more than a decade before meeting the threshold for an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.

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Volunteers say decision to stop taking lone child refugees to UK and destruction of Calais camp has been a fillip to traffickers

MPs have warned the Home Office that it cannot ignore the growing numbers of child refugees returning to sleep rough on the edges of Calais and Dunkirk after the closure of the so-called Dubs scheme, which gave lone children a safe route to asylum in the UK.

Volunteers said the UK government’s decision to take no more lone child refugees from Europe had been a fillip to traffickers, who were emboldened by the desperation of teenagers rejected by official schemes.

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Vitaly Churkin, a pugnacious defender of Russian policy, died day before 65th birthday, says foreign ministry in Moscow

Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations for the past decade and leading international exponent of Vladimir Putin’s increasingly self-confident foreign policy, has died suddenly aged 64, the foreign ministry in Moscow has said.

In a statement on Monday night, the ministry said Churkin died in New York, where the UN headquarters are located, a day before his 65th birthday. His death at NewYork-Presbyterian hospital followed what was described as a cardiac condition in his office at 9am local time, it said.

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App development likened to the ‘wild west’ as researchers raise concerns over one-size-fits-all targets and absence of sound science

Fitness trackers and mental health apps could be doing more harm than good because they are not based on sound science, researchers have warned, comparing some health app developers to “snake oil salesmen of the 1860s”.

Greg Hager, professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University, said that in the absence of trials or scientific grounding it was impossible to say whether apps were having the intended effect.

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Vjeran Tomic and two others sentenced and fined for stealing five 20th-century masterpieces from Musée d’Art Moderne

A burglar known as Spider-Man has been jailed in Paris for eight years after one of the most daring art heists in recent years.

Vjeran Tomic and two accomplices were also fined €104m (£88.6m) over the theft of a Matisse, a Picasso, a Braque, a Léger and a Modigliani from the Musée d’Art Moderne in 2010.

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Officers interviewed for documentary cited by US president as evidence of violence by refugees accuse film-maker of bad journalism

Two Swedish police officers interviewed for a documentary cited by Donald Trump as evidence of a link between crime levels and asylum policy in Sweden say their comments were taken out of context, accusing the interviewer of “bad journalism”.

At a Florida rally on Sunday the US president sowed confusion by seemingly referencing a non-existent terrorist attack in Sweden, later explaining on Twitter that the comment had been a reference to a news segment on the Fox News TV channel, which described an “incredible surge of violence” in Sweden.

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Government agrees to talks on reforms with European creditors in return for progress on releasing next tranche of funds

Greece’s bailout inspectors are returning to Athens to seek changes to the country’s tax, pensions and labour market laws in a sign that the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, will give way to European pressure for deeper reforms.

His government agreed at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers on Monday to talks on big economic reforms in exchange for progress on releasing the next instalment of bailout funds. In return, Europe signalled a winding back of austerity measures for the struggling nation, in a move that could end a dispute between EU creditors and the International Monetary Fund over how to deal with Greece.

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Taller than Big Ben and longer than 13 London buses, billionaire Russian’s €400m luxury vessel kept in dock over unpaid bills to shipbuilder

The world’s largest sailing yacht has been impounded in Gibraltar over claims that its billionaire Russian owner owes the shipbuilder €15.3m (£13.3m).

The Gibraltar Port Authority impounded the €400m “Sailing Yacht A” as it was on its way to be delivered to industrialist Andrey Melnichenko, following a legal filing from the German shipbuilder that constructed the futuristic-looking vessel.

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Rosa Ortega, a mother and green card holder originally from Mexico, was given two eight-year sentences after Donald Trump claimed millions voted illegally

Rosa Ortega does not deny she made a mistake.

What she finds hard to accept is that her error should merit eight years in prison, almost certain deportation to a country she barely knows, separation from her children and notoriety in right-wing circles.

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Beyond successful neighborhoods in DC, New York City and elite college campuses is an America that has been on a downward trajectory for decades

Anthony Rice’s house in Youngstown, Ohio is a mile away from a river valley once filled with factories offering jobs. Many of those left in the 1980s, and with them, many residents.

His home is one of the few occupied on the street. Empty lots or boarded-up homes make up most of the block. He points to those remaining, listing his neighbors and their age. They are all over 70. “This neighborhood is okie-dokie, although not much goes down here”, he says. “Stores used to be all around here, but they mostly gone. The people left are either too old to move or waiting for someone to buy them out.”

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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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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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Acitivists say if indecency law was applied it would be first known instance of it being used to jail gay people

Authorities in the Ivory Coast have refused to explain why two gay men were arrested and jailed in a country that does not criminalise same-sex acts, and is widely regarded as a beacon of tolerance for sexual minorities.

Yann, 31, and Abdoul, 19, are openly gay but deny any romantic relationship. They were arrested in October in a village in southwestern Ivory Coast, apparently for “public indecency”.

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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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While Britain’s dealbreakers are well known, we look at what they are for its negotiating partners. Not all are shared, yet all will play a part in any final deal

The British government’s key Brexit red lines – controlling EU immigration, ending the jurisdiction of the European court of justice, calling time on further big EU budget contributions – are by now well known, set out first in speeches by Theresa May and later confirmed in a government white paper.

But what of the EU’s red lines? Here we map the concerns, priorities and demands of each of the UK’s 27 negotiating partners. Some are shared, more or less, by all; others are strictly national. All will play a part in the deal Britain gets – because Brexit also means what the EU27 want it to mean.

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Burkina Faso architect known for buildings with ‘a sense of freedom and community’ will design this year’s temporary summer structure

A huge wooden disc will float above the lawn in Kensington Gardens this summer, a wheel of spindly timber slats hovering over a bright blue landing pad like some rustic flying saucer. This is the vision of Diébédo Francis Kéré, the first African architect to be chosen to design the annual Serpentine gallery pavilion, who plans to bring one of his characteristically stripped-back structures, honed in the villages of his native Burkina Faso, to leafy west London.

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Families fleeing violence in Latin America and migrants from outside of it make up an unprecedented crisis of homeless people stranded just outside the US

They came from different corners of the world, a fashion designer from Ghana, a school teacher from Haiti, a brick layer from El Salvador, believing this city was their doorway to America.

They envisaged a few days, maybe a few weeks, while figuring a way to cross, then poof, they would be gone. Sayonara Tijuana.

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Remains of missing Melbourne woman found by a bushwalker at Mount Macedon, about 60km north of the city

The body of a missing Melbourne woman, Karen Ristevski, has been found in rugged bushland almost eight months after she vanished.

The remains were found by a bushwalker on Monday near a dirt road at Mount Macedon regional park, about 60km north of Melbourne, and were sent for forensic testing to determine the identity.

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Attack denounced as ‘act of desecration’ by state governor and comes amid concern over rise in antisemitism in US

Dozens of headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Missouri have been toppled in what the state governor described as an “act of desecration” amid growing concern about a US-wide rise in antisemitism.

More than 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth cemetery in St Louis were damaged or knocked in Monday’s attack.

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Video from the Syria Civil Defence, also known as the White Helmets, shows rescue workers pulling a girl alive from underneath the rubble of a building believed to be in Damascus’s Tishreen neighbourhood on Sunday. The girl is buried under layers of rubble, which the responders clear as quickly as they can

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Theresa May censured for ‘fawning’ to president … Mary Berry on leaving Great British Bake Off … and exclusive interview with Kim Jong-nam confidant

Hello, this is Warren Murray with today’s Guardian morning briefing.

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Angus Houston warns blockade of China’s artificial islands would invite a ‘sharp response’ from Beijing

The retired defence chief Angus Houston has warned Australia should not participate in freedom of navigation operations within 12 nautical miles of China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea.

He has also criticised the push to blockade China’s artificial islands, saying that would invite a “sharp response” from Beijing.

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21 February 1970: A piece nominally about Hitler’s leftovers at Berchtesgaden, but essentially about writer Geoffrey Moorhouse’s personal hangup on Germany and the Germans. Pictures by Frank Martin

It is now a quarter of a century since we stopped fighting them and I cannot even claim that I suffered in the war. I can remember reading Tarka the Otter by the light of the Manchester blitz, miles away, and I can recall wetting my pants as I dived under the bed as a flying-bomb cut out above our house. Otherwise my war was completely secondhand.

The thing defies all reason. It stands to sense that no German under the age of 55 can even be accused of merely standing by and doing nothing to prevent the Nazis from happening; a German might just as well look sideways at me for what we did to Dresden. One knows in one’s skull bones that Hitler had a degree of rectitude on his side in his haul to the top because the French (if only the French) were demonstrably bent on bleeding the Germans white after Versailles, and he promised salvation. I can’t even plead that I know the people well enough to half-support my feelings; this is only my second brief visit to the blasted country. I have known only three Germans beyond nodding acquaintance. One was the only teacher for whom I had wholehearted admiration, the second was one of the most principled and engaging colleagues I have ever worked with, the third is the only great public figure in whom I have not yet found a blemish.

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Hundreds of thousands of vehicles affected by edict covering part of Xinjiang following outbreaks of violence – and no petrol for owners who don’t comply

Security officials in China’s violence-stricken north-west have ordered residents to install GPS tracking devices in their vehicles so authorities are able to keep permanent tabs on their movements.

The compulsory measure, which came into force this week and could eventually affect hundreds of thousands of vehicles, is being rolled out in the Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang, a sprawling region that borders Central Asia and sees regular eruptions of deadly violence.

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There is no evidence for the home secretary’s claim that the Dubs scheme to bring child refugees to the UK encourages other children to make unsafe journeys (Child refugees have hopes raised as Home Office reviews Calais cases, 20 February). Sadly, however, it’s an argument the government often uses as cover for its failure to share responsibility for hosting refugees, including children, and providing legal routes for them to reach safety. For example, while adults entitled to asylum are allowed to bring their close family to join them here, children are not, and the government trots out the same evidence-free “encouragement” claim as justification. This latter policy cruelly denies vulnerable children who have already experienced the horrors of war, violence and exploitation the chance to grow up with the love and care of their parents and siblings. Ministers must urgently reverse their decision to end the Dubs scheme, and the close family of child refugees in the UK must be permitted to join them here if they can be located.
Steve Symonds
Amnesty UK’s refugee and migrant rights programme director

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Like a TV remote, a device known as Scio uses infrared light and connects to a smartphone to determine whether medications are genuine

A new device that uses similar infrared light to TV remotes can accurately detect fake antimalarial drugs, according to a scientific paper published Monday.

The researchers revealed how they were able to use an optical scanner purchased online for $250 to distinguish perfectly between life-saving malaria drugs and deadly counterfeits.

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Donald Trump may think a terrorist attack struck, but the Nordic country had a relatively quiet day in the news – unless you were driving between Katterjåkk and Riksgränsen ...

During a Florida rally on Saturday 18 February, while defending his controversial travel ban, Donald Trump told supporters: “We’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden.” The US president was right: who would believe this? Because the truth (as in the plain old, pre post-truth truth) is, no terrorist attack took place in Sweden on Friday night.

Related: 'Sweden, who would believe this?': Trump cites non-existent terror attack

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Marika Rökk revealed as Soviet agent working from 1940s onwards for network passing Third Reich secrets to Moscow

One of Germany’s best-loved postwar actors has been exposed as a Soviet agent following the declassification of top secret intelligence documents.

Marika Rökk, who was banned from acting for two years for her apparent closeness to the Nazi regime, had in fact been working from the 1940s onwards for a reconnaissance network passing Third Reich secrets to Moscow.

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Five arrested suspected of assassinating Lasantha Wickrematunge and of other attacks under former regime, source says

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested five military intelligence officers on suspicion of assassinating a prominent anti-establishment newspaper editor and orchestrating attacks on other journalists and dissidents under the former regime, a legal source has said.

Related: Body of Sri Lankan journalist who foresaw his murder to be exhumed

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Norma McCorvey did not live to see the case overturned. But today’s abortion access may more closely resemble the country of her youth than she imagined

In 1998, Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in the Roe v Wade supreme court decision, testified before a group of senators about the case fought in her name 25 years earlier. “I am dedicated,” she said, “to spending the rest of my life undoing the law that bears my name.”

Related: Norma McCorvey, 'Roe' in Roe v Wade case legalizing abortion, dies aged 69

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Fine Gael leader to outline plans at party meeting in Dublin next month after St Patrick’s Day visit to White House

Enda Kenny is expected to step down as Ireland’s taoiseach next month after severe criticism of his handling of a crisis in the Irish police force.

Kenny, who last year became the first Fine Gael leader to win a second consecutive term as prime minister, will outline his plans at a party meeting in Dublin on Wednesday.

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With almost 90% of votes counted, candidate for incumbent party just short of 40% required for outright victory

A runoff vote appears likely in Ecuador’s presidential election with Lenín Moreno appearing to fall just short of the 40% required for outright victory over his rightwing rival Guillermo Lasso.

With 87% of votes counted early on Monday morning, the national electoral council gave 39.09% to Moreno, who was a former vice-president under the outgoing Rafael Correa, and 28.28% to Lasso, a 61-year-old former banker. For an outright win a candidate needs 40% and a 10-point lead over his nearest rival.

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Japanese TV releases footage purporting to show Kuala Lumpur attack, as North Korea’s envoy accuses Malaysia of running politically motivated investigation

A Japanese broadcaster has released what appears to be CCTV footage of the deadly poison attack on the half-brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, in Malaysia as a diplomatic row deepened between the two countries.

Kim Jong-nam, who lived most of his life outside his home country, died from a seizure en route to hospital last Monday after complaining that a woman had sprayed a chemical on his face.

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Under deal reportedly discussed by allies of US president and Ukrainian politician Russian sanctions would be lifted

A secret attempt to persuade Donald Trump to strike a deal that would involve Moscow keeping Crimea in return for ensuring peace in eastern Ukraine must be seen off, the Ukrainian ambassador to London has said.

The New York Times reported on Sunday that Trump’s personal lawyer and a former business associate met privately in New York last month with a member of the Ukrainian parliament to discuss a peace plan that could give Russia long-term control over territory it seized in 2014 and lead to the lifting of sanctions against Moscow.

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Russia dismisses allegations that it was involved in attempted overthrow in October as absurd and unsubstantiated

Russia has hit out at allegations that it was involved in an attempted coup during Montenegro’s election last year, ridiculing them as “absurd” and unsubstantiated.

On Sunday, a Montenegrin prosecutor said “Russian state bodies” had played a role in an attempted putsch with the aim of stopping the Balkan country from joining Nato.

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In communities such as Yellowknife, the temperature can sink to -40C, a dramatic change for refugees who had ‘never experienced anything like it’

After a rocket hit his sister’s house and killed his brother-in-law and nephew, Mustafa Alhajy knew he had to leave Syria.

He was not expecting to end up in the kind of place where snow blankets the ground for months at a time and temperatures drop to -40C (-40F).

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After the Church of England synod voted to reject a report on marriage and same-sex relationships, we asked churchgoers about the future of the church

Ongoing division within the Church of England became apparent after its synod decided “not to take note” of a report on marriage and same-sex relationships. Those who responded to a Guardian callout say not enough is being done for gay Christians and that a split in the wider Anglican communion may be on the horizon.

The published report, which upholds the traditional teaching on marriage, resulted in a mixed reaction among Anglicans. Some were pleased the church recognised the need for “a fresh tone and culture of welcome and support” for gay Christians. Others felt it did not go far enough in accepting same-sex unions, whereas some believed it put the church’s biblical tradition at risk.

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No casualties as two handmade rockets land in Eshkol region day after Isis claims four members were killed by Israeli drone

Two rockets, apparently fired by Islamic militants in Egypt’s northern Sinai, have landed in southern Israel. The attack came a day after an Isis affiliate claimed that several of its members had been killed by an Israeli drone.

The incident is the second within the space of a month after four missiles were fired towards the Israeli Red Sea city of Eilat, suggesting an increase in tensions on Israel’s southern border.

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Hundreds of black clad, rifle-toting soldiers took to the streets of Urumqi as officials announce terrorist activity will be ‘smashed to pieces’

Thousands of heavily armed troops have paraded through cities in China’s troubled far west with officials there vowing a “thunderous” anti-terror crackdown after an apparent upsurge in deadly ethnic violence.

Hundreds of black clad, rifle-toting soldiers took to the streets of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, on Saturday, according to local media reports.

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Peers to debate amendments to government bill ... Trump’s Sweden comments prompt mockery and support ... and the company where you can have as much holiday as you like

Good morning, this is Martin Farrer bringing you the Guardian’s morning briefing.

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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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The Indian capital’s inherently dusty air is made worse by countless unregulated construction sites – and the production of bricks and concrete to feed them

Far out on Delhi’s southern and eastern fringes the rows of high-rises suddenly turn skeletal. The population of the Indian capital, already the second largest in the world, is forecast to grow by 9 million in the next 15 years; and despite a recent lull in new projects, areas such as Noida are a universe of worksites, cranes and workers.

The empty towers stretch as far as can be seen – which is only about 300 metres. Like much of Delhi on most winter mornings, Noida is blanketed in thick smog and a heavy dust that cakes windows and clogs throats.

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In California’s Central Valley emissions from oil refineries and agriculture make Bakersfield America’s most air-polluted city. Activists fear the Trump administration could undo small but steady improvements

The bluffs on Panorama Road offer a wide view of the northern half of Bakersfield, which is one of the few major population centres in California’s Central Valley – perhaps the US’ leading agricultural motherlode.

It’s a rare bird’s eye vantage point of this low-slung farm city of roughly 375,000 people, nestled in a bowl created by the Sierra Nevada mountains to the east and part of the California Coast Ranges to the west. On a clear day, the state’s dominant topographical features put the landscape, and one’s place in it, in sobering perspective.

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Ash clouds dominate the sky in Zenica, with many blaming the air pollution on ArcellorMittal, the world’s largest steel maker and a major employer here

This article is the subject of a legal complaint made on behalf of ArcelorMittal

Global steel giant ArcelorMittal is failing to meet minimum environmental standards at its massive plant in central Bosnia, a Guardian Cities investigation has learned.

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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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‘Man-made’ food crisis threatens 100,000 people after war and a collapsing economy devastate agriculture in the country

Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.

A further 1 million people were classified as being on the brink of famine, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN bodies. Unimpeded humanitarian access was urgently needed to reverse “an escalating catastrophe”, they added.

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From ending poverty to tackling climate change, the world’s future lies in the hands of the young. So why are we failing to give them a decent shot at life?

One in four people alive today is a young person aged 15 to 29: that’s nearly 1.8 billion in total, of whom close to 90% live in developing countries.

Demographically speaking, the next couple of decades are a unique window of opportunity. With the exception of Africa, the world is ageing, which means the proportion of young people in the global population will never again be so high.

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Study commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières appears to show Russia, working with Syria, carried out February 2016 attack that killed 25 people

An investigation commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) bolsters its claim that Russian and Syrian forces were responsible for the deadly bombing last year of a hospital it was supporting in northern Syria.

Video and photographic images captured by medical staff, activists and members of the public were pored over by a UK-based research agency hired by the organisation to look into the attack, which took place on 15 February last year and claimed the lives of 25 people.

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With acute malnutrition affecting more than 10% of people in Burkina Faso, an innovative startup is mass-producing dried shea caterpillars high in protein

Small black cylinders simmer in two pots, emitting a pungent and smoky smell.

This is not someone’s kitchen, however. It is the offices of agrifood company FasoPro, which double as a caterpillar laboratory.

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Leonard Hyde and Pat O’Mahony deny knowingly facilitating illegal immigration of Filipino migrant fisherman and employing a non-EU national without a permit

The trial of two Irish trawler owners charged with offences under the Irish Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act and Employment Permits Act opened in Cork district court on Wednesday.

Leonard Hyde, 62, of Crosshaven, County Cork and Pat O’Mahony, 51, of Kinsale, County Cork, both denied knowingly facilitating the illegal immigration of a Filipino migrant fisherman, Demie Omol, who worked on their vessel in 2015. They also denied employing a non-EU national without a permit.

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Priti Patel sets date for event that was planned before Trump administration reintroduced so-called ‘global gag rule’

Britain will lead efforts to secure extra funding for family planning at an international summit in London, ministers have said, amid concern about Donald Trump’s decision to ban US financial support for organisations involved in abortion services overseas.

Priti Patel, the international development secretary, said the summit would take place in July, and the UK was aiming for a “step-change on family planning”.

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In Brazil’s least developed state, Amapá, locals fear that government plans to increase soya and oil production will destroy the area – and their livelihoods

Celso Carlos has made a modest living for 10 years growing manioc and coconuts and rearing poultry on a few hectares of lowland in Brazil’s northern Amazon.

But three years ago, out of the blue, Carlos was told by an Amapá state judge that he had to move because his land had been bought by a businessman living more than 1,500 miles away in São Paulo. Within months, fences had been put up, and Carlos and other assentados, or settlers, had been forced off their land.

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Special rapporteur for Myanmar to push for resolution at UN human rights council meeting next month for investigation into reports of military atrocities

The UN should launch an inquiry into military abuses of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims, because the government is incapable of carrying out a credible investigation, the UN’s rights envoy will tell the human rights council next month. Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, said that she will urge member states to sponsor a resolution for a commission of inquiry when she presents her report to the council in Geneva on 13 March.

“I will certainly be pushing for an inquiry, definitely, on the Rohingya situation,” said Lee. Rights groups have, over the past few years, been urging the UN to investigate reports of abuses against the Rohingya, a mostly stateless minority. But the calls have become more urgent since reports of mass rapes, killings, and other atrocities began to emerge in October, when the military launched counterinsurgency operations.

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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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Here’s a breakdown of the issues Trump meandered through in his exchange with reporters on Thursday on Russia, race politics and, of course, the media

Donald Trump’s press conference on Thursday was billed as the announcement of the latest member of his administration, but it turned into one of the most compelling political spectacles in recent years as the US president attacked his critics and defended his record.

He veered from topic to topic, demanding to know whether questions would be friendly and describing media reports about his links to Russia as both fake and the result of leaks. Here are the highlights.

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America’s top diplomat is operating with senior staff positions left vacant, his deputy vetoed and foreign policy made by an ideological clique around Trump

Rex Tillerson began his first foreign outing as US secretary of state on Thursday, meeting counterparts from G20 countries in Bonn, but he has left behind in Washington a department that is severely weakened and cut out of key policy decisions.

Since starting the job two weeks ago, Tillerson, a former ExxonMobil executive, has soothed nerves at the state department by consulting widely with regional and country experts, but it has been hard to disguise the gap between the department headquarters at Washington’s Foggy Bottom and the White House where far-reaching foreign policy decisions are being made.

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Speaking with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, president says US is not committed to two-state solution, showing alarming lack of understanding

In a single sentence, and without detailed elaboration, Donald Trump has casually discarded decades of US diplomacy – pursued by both Democratic and Republican administrations – on the Middle East peace process.

Standing alongside the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, at the White House, the US president declared himself unconcerned whether negotiations should be aimed at the two-state solution, which has long been guaranteed by Washington. Instead, Trump indicated that it would be left to Israelis and Palestinians to sort out the “ultimate deal” he had once promised he would make.

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Trump is learning that while he may love to give the middle finger to (supposedly) liberal public opinion, there are Republicans who will not join in

The howls of disapproval started the moment Andrew Puzder emerged from behind the fat fryer as Donald Trump’s pick for labor secretary.

Related: Andrew Puzder, Trump's labor secretary pick, withdraws from consideration

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As CEO of the fast-food chain behind Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s who has repeatedly fought against minimum wage hikes, can he be a voice for workers in America?

Andrew Puzder, Donald Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, is one of corporate America’s foremost spokesmen on labor issues. As chief executive of the CKE fast-food chain that owns Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s, Puzder has lambasted proposals to raise the minimum wage, to require rest breaks and to extend overtime pay to more workers. He has also denounced Obamacare, a program that has made health insurance available to millions of low-wage and moderate-income workers.

The Senate health, education, labor and pensions committee will hold its repeatedly delayed confirmation on Puzder’s nomination on Thursday. Here are some questions that the committee’s members should ask.

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Donald McGahn informed the president about the ex-national security adviser’s ties to Russia, and his knowledge complicates Flynn’s version of events

The resignation of Michael Flynn as national security adviser has shone a light on the White House counsel, Donald McGahn, who late last month carried concerns from the justice department to the president about Flynn’s links to Russia.

“The White House counsel informed the president immediately” of a 26 January conversation with the then acting attorney general, Sally Yates, in which Yates “flagged” intelligence reports on Flynn’s communications with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, the White House spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Thousands gather in cities across the US to attend ‘not my President’s Day’ demonstrations on Monday. The nationwide anti-Donald Trump rallies were planned to mark the President’s Day holiday

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Donald Trump announces Lt Gen H R McMaster as his pick for National Security adviser, calling him ‘a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience’. The president made the announcement in the living room at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, where he has been spending the holiday weekend interviewing prospective candidates for the position

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Photographer David Ramos was onboard the rescue vessel Golfo Azzurro, operated by the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms which provides assistance to refugees and migrants in distress at sea

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Malaysian police say on Sunday they are looking for four North Korean men who flew out of Malaysia the same day Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un, was apparently poisoned at an airport in Kuala Lumpur. So far, four people carrying IDs from North Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam have been arrested

Image: Still from a South Korean TV report on the killing of Kim Jong-nam – Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

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Donald Trump appears to invent a terrorist attack in Sweden during a campaign-style rally in Melbourne, Florida, on Saturday. Trump uses his speech to talk about migration in Europe and links it to terror attacks in Brussels, Nice and Paris. He then adds Sweden to the list, incorrectly stating that an attack had happened there on Friday

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Donald Trump holds a rally in Melbourne, Florida, five months after being elected president of the US. Speaking in an airplane hangar in front of a crowd of roughly 9,000 people, Trump continues his attack on the “dishonest” media and likens his stance to that of former presidents Jefferson, Jackson and Lincoln. He says the media has “their own agenda”, which is different to that of the American people

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A minivan collapses into a 20ft sinkhole in the Studio City suburb of Los Angeles, California as the state continues to experience its heaviest rainfall in six years. Another car had previously fallen into the hole but firefighters were able to rescue an injured woman before the second vehicle dropped

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In his first month as president, Donald Trump made numerous false statements on subjects that ranged from the extremely petty – such as crowd sizes – to those of national and international significance. The Guardian examines his most egregious falsehoods and considers what to do about a serial liar in the White House

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