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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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Former European commission president says constructive negotiations between EU and UK leaders are needed to reach a deal

Brexit negotiations are on course to fail unless both Britain and the European Union ditch their winner-takes-all approach to the coming talks, the former president of the European commission José Manuel Barroso has said.

With just days to go before Theresa May formally notifies Brussels of the UK’s intention to leave the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker’s predecessor said the two sides were playing a dangerous game.

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Move comes as international outrage grows over airstrikes that killed at least 150 people in Mosul Jadida neighbourhood

Iraqi military leaders have halted their push to recapture west Mosul from Islamic State as international outrage grew over the civilian toll from airstrikes that killed at least 150 people in a single district of the city.

The attack on the Mosul Jadida neighbourhood is thought to have been one of the deadliest bombing raids for civilians since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. Rescuers were still pulling bodies from the rubble on Saturday, more than a week after the bombs landed, when the US-led coalition confirmed that its aircraft had targeted Isis fighters in the area.

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Republicans suffered a devastating defeat on Obamacare. But the pulling of the American Health Care Act could be a ‘blessing in disguise’ for Trump

The James S Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House was crammed as usual but there was an extra frisson of suspense. As the press secretary, Sean Spicer, walked to the lectern, a conversation was unfolding just 27 paces away in the Oval Office. It would invalidate almost everything he said.

Related: Donald Trump blames Democrats for stunning failure to repeal Obamacare

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Weeks of negotiations over American Health Care Act fail to build a GOP consensus, forcing president to pull legislation from House vote

Donald Trump suffered a major legislative reversal on Friday as Republicans were forced to pull their repeal of the Affordable Care Act from the House floor.

After weeks of contentious negotiations over the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Republicans had to admit defeat as they could not gain sufficient support from their own side for the plan to overhaul US health insurance.

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Paolo Gentiloni speaks at Rome summit to celebrate EU’s 60th anniversary where leaders reaffirm commitment to unity

Britain’s decision to leave the EU has been described by the Italian prime minister as “closed nationalism” that belongs in the past during a summit in Rome to celebrate the bloc’s 60th anniversary.

In an address at the Orazi and Curiazi Hall of the Capitol in the Piazza del Campidoglio, where the EU was founded six decades ago, Paolo Gentiloni expressed his discomfort with the motives behind the referendum result.

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Coalition bombs buried more than a hundred people in the ruins of three houses and raised fresh questions about US rules of engagement

By the time rescuers finally arrived no one was left alive. For almost a week desperate neighbours had scraped through the rubble, searching for as many as 150 people who lay buried after three homes in a west Mosul suburb were destroyed by coalition airstrikes.

The full picture of the carnage continued to emerge on Friday, when at least 20 bodies were recovered. Dozens more are thought to remain buried in what could turn out to be the single most deadly incident for civilians in the war against Islamic State (Isis).

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In New York, supporters said the president was far from down and out despite taking a hit on Obamacare and facing an FBI investigation into alleged Russia ties

About 100 people held a pro-Donald Trump rally in midtown Manhattan on Saturday, in one of about 40 such events across the country at the end of a week in which the president failed to get enough votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and saw the FBI confirm it was investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Related: ‘Move fast and break things’: Trump’s Obamacare failure and the backlash ahead

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Commons foreign affairs select committee says relationship with Recep Tayyip Erdoğan could damage UK’s international reputation

The Commons foreign affairs select committee has accused the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of using an attempted military coup last summer to purge opponents and suppress human rights as the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, embarks on the first full day of a goodwill visit to the country.

The committee’s report, published on Saturday, says the government is right to engage but warns that the UK’s approach to Erdoğan could damage its international reputation and weaken declining human rights in Turkey.

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Major companies pulling advertisements a sign that many doubt Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos

PepsiCo, Walmart and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have suspended their advertising on YouTube, joining a growing boycott in a sign that big companies doubt Google’s ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos.

Related: Google ad controversy: what the row is all about

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Evidence of doctored paperwork found at Areva-owned forge, which has made parts for Hinkley Point

An international team of inspectors has found evidence of doctored paperwork and other failings at a forge in France that makes parts for nuclear power stations around the world.

The UK nuclear regulator said the safety culture at the site, which has produced forgings for British plants including Sizewell B and the planned new reactors at Hinkley Point, fell short of expectations.

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Belgian prosecutors announce charges against man who was arrested for driving at high speed into crowded shopping area

A Tunisian man has been charged with terror offences after being arrested for driving at high speed into a crowded shopping area in the Belgian port city of Antwerp, though his motives remain unclear.

The 39-year-old suspect, identified only as Mohamed R, was charged with “an attempt to murder in a terrorist manner, an attempt to hit and wound in a terrorist manner, and arms infractions”, the federal prosecutor’s office said.

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Much like with the Trump allegations, the Kremlin denies any meddling in the French election while simultaneously revelling in the suggestion

The expression said it all. Even by Vladimir Putin’s standards, it was a knowing smirk of epic proportions as he shook hands with Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin on Friday.

Related: Putin tells Le Pen Russia has no plans to meddle in French election

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On anniversary of crash, Günter Lubitz says he is still investigating whether his son deliberately downed the plane

The father of a co-pilot who was at the controls of a plane that crashed into the French Alps two years ago has questioned the veracity of the crash investigation, which ruled his son deliberately downed the A320 jet to kill himself.

As relatives of the victims attended memorial services in France and Germany to mark the second anniversary of the crash, Günter Lubitz told a press conference that he had hired his own investigator to get to the truth of what happened to the Germanwings flight.

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Russian distributor informed cinemas that the film would have highest possible restrictions after hardline legislator suggested it should be banned

The Russian distributor of Power Rangers has given the film an 18+ rating after criticism from several legislators who complained about the film’s inclusion of a LGBT character.

WDSSPR, the Russian distributor of Power Rangers, informed cinemas on Friday that the film would have the highest possible age restrictions after the hardline legislator Vitaly Milonov suggested it should be banned.

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French artist, once the lover of Auguste Rodin, has her career celebrated with opening of museum in Nogent-sur-Seine

Two elderly ladies sit side by side, one English, one French, one smartly dressed, one wearing clothes that were already very old fashioned by the late 1920s when the photograph was taken. One, her hand reassuringly on the other, looks slightly towards the camera: the other is wrapped in her own thoughts, not reacting to the camera, her companion or the world.

The photograph is the last known image of the sculptor Camille Claudel, once a renowned artist, a dazzling beauty, and lover of the most famous sculptor of the day, Auguste Rodin. Her career is celebrated in a new museum opening on Sunday in the small French town of Nogent-sur-Seine, which holds the largest collection of her work in the world.

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The expansion, which was originally proposed in 2008 and faced strong protest from environmental advocates, secures permit to start building from Trump


TransCanada proposes expanding an existing pipeline to transport oil from Hardisty, Alberta to Port Arthur, Texas, to transfer Canadian tar sands oil to US refineries. It was scheduled to be completed by 2013.

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Ex-president acquitted this month on all charges of murdering protesters before he was ousted in Arab spring uprising in 2011

Egypt’s former dictator Hosni Mubarak has left the Cairo military hospital where he had been held in custody for much of the past six years, and returned to his home in the Cairo suburb of Heliopolis, his lawyer said.

Mubarak, 88, was acquitted by Egypt’s highest appeals court on 2 March of conspiring to kill protesters in the final verdict in a long-running case that originally resulted in him being sentenced to life in prison in 2012 over the deaths of 239 people in Arab spring protests against his rule. A separate corruption charge was overturned in January 2015.

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Air India employee beaten up on plane by Ravindra Gaikwad after MP was given an economy seat instead of business class

An Indian politician has been banned from flying on most of the country’s major carriers after admitting he used a slipper to thrash an Air India steward.

Ravindra Gaikwad, an MP in India’s lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, claimed the attendant had insulted him on the Pune to New Delhi flight.

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Extremists appeared jubilant after the killings in Westminster, but the images they posted online were revealing

Within hours of Wednesday’s attack in Westminster, social media channels used by Islamic extremist activists and sympathisers were flooded with new images of London “under attack”. Quickly produced with design software, they showed the Houses of Parliament and other landmarks shattered by explosions and wreathed in smoke.

The UK has always remained near the top of the list of priority targets for internationally focused Islamic militant groups. That there would be celebration of a successful attack on such a symbolic target in the heart of the British capital was inevitable.

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Party hopes ‘Sankt Martin’ will bring them victory, first in Saarland on Sunday then in Germany’s federal elections in September

Nelson Radames-Strube is a little overwhelmed by all the attention. The 14-year-old is the youngest of new recruits to the Berlin branch of the Social Democrats (SPD) and has been called on to the stage at a welcome party for the newcomers.

He had watched the party’s new leader, Martin Schulz, giving a speech on television after Angela Merkel and decided to join. “I found him more convincing than her, so that’s why I’m here,” he said. “I think he can bring order to the party and to Germany”.

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On Sunday, 1,194 people will choose a new chief executive on behalf of Hong Kong’s nearly 4 million voters but Beijing’s anointed one is far from popular

Every newly elected leader of Hong Kong takes the oath of office in front of China’s president, below a giant red national flag of China, and the slightly smaller banner of the city.

It is a tightly scripted event designed to shield Chinese officials from the embarrassment of dissenting voices.

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Extensive inquiries find no motive for Khalid Masood and senior officer says there is no intelligence to suggest more attacks are planned

Police investigating the Westminster attack have concluded that Khalid Masood acted entirely alone for reasons that may never be known.

In the most detailed breakdown yet of events on Westminster Bridge and parliament on Wednesday, police said that the entire attack, in which Masood had killed four people before being shot dead, lasted a mere 82 seconds.

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Police experts will study every aspect of the life of the 52-year-old who wreaked havoc at parliament. But his motives are a conundrum that may never be solved

Around Christmas, neighbours saw a van outside a small but comfortable home in the Winson Green neighbourhood of Birmingham. Khalid Masood, his partner and two children were moving out. Their new home was close by, but infinitely less salubrious. Their canalside terrace house had been swapped for a tiny bedsit above a restaurant on a busy road.

This and many other details will be picked over by analysts seeking to reconstitute the life of the man who killed four people with a 4x4 vehicle and knives before being shot dead outside the Houses of Parliament last week. The official aim will be to build up a comprehensive picture of the man responsible for the most lethal terrorist attack in Britain since 2005, in order to understand how he could have been stopped. Another aim will be simply to understand what turns someone into a terrorist killer.

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The leaders who denounced Putin for deadly airstrikes in Syria are not speaking out over the siege of the Iraqi city

America and the UK condemned Russian airstrikes that killed or injured hundreds of civilians during last autumn’s siege of Aleppo, accusing Vladimir Putin of war crimes. The question now is whether the US, backed by British air power, is committing similar atrocities against civilians in Mosul.

Addressing the UN security council in September, Matthew Rycroft, Britain’s ambassador, said Russia had “unleashed a new hell” on Aleppo. “Russia is partnering with the Syrian regime to carry out war crimes,” he said. The US accused Putin of “barbarism”.

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In the mid-2000s, in a room at Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, Professor Julian Bayliss used Google Earth to discover a hidden rainforest in Northern Mozambique which is home to dozens of new species of flora and fauna. Professor Bayliss and Alliance Earth Director Jeffrey Barbee ventured with a team into the heart of the forest.

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Since it was identified on Google Earth in 2005, the forest of Mount Mabu has amazed scientists with its unique wildlife. Jeffrey Barbee joins explorer Professor Julian Bayliss on the first trip to its green heart

The soggy boots of the team slide backwards in the black mud as they struggle up towards the ridge line separating the forest edge from one of the last unexplored places on Earth.

The rain is an incessant barrage of watery bullets firing down through the tree canopy. Thunder crashes. Tangles of vines and spider webs make for a Hollywood movie scene of truly impenetrable jungle.

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Spread facts, be careful, and don’t assume democracy is safe, say people who know what life is like under a strongman leader

The rise of autocracy can be insidious, and doesn’t come with an instruction manual on how to survive, said one of hundreds of people who got in touch to tell us what life is like in Turkey.

Over the past few years the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has slowly tightened his grip on power, imprisoning journalists who criticise him and intimidating citizens who may not agree with him.

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A referendum on vast new powers for the president hangs in the balance despite his comprehensive crackdown on dissent

Can you imagine a pre-dawn raid on the homes of every senior figure in the Guardian? The editor-in-chief being arrested, the CEO, four columnists, three solicitors, a reporter and a cartoonist?

That is precisely what happened to my newspaper last October.

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Prisoners tell of solitary confinement and maltreatment after being caught up in ‘Kafkaesque’ media purge

Scores of imprisoned Turkish journalists face a Kafkaesque nightmare of legal limbo, farcical charge sheets, maltreatment and even solitary confinement in the country that locks up more reporters than any other in the world.

A series of Guardian interviews and written exchanges with several of those jailed as a result of a sweeping media crackdown found a huge mental burden on the incarcerated, as well as tough social and intellectual restrictions.

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Six persecuted writers describe the mental and physical toll of living in the country that jails more journalists than any other

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Sergei Kechimov, appointed guardian of a holy lake by his community, says the indigenous way of life is under threat

Sergei Kechimov, an indigenous Khanty reindeer herder, lives in a one-room cabin with no running water more than 20 miles from the nearest village in Western Siberia. But his home is not as silent as you might think.

Across the swampy woodlands the beeping and rumbling of excavators are audible as they search for oil to prop up Russia’s slumping economy. Environmental protection for indigenous lands has recently been abandoned.

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Street protests that began with anger at a new tax have Belarus’s authoritarian government in their sights

“Basta!” the placards read. “We are not slaves.” These are the most popular slogans brandished at the street protests that have been rippling through Belarus.

The trigger for the demonstrations was a presidential decree imposing a tax on people who declare fewer than 183 days of work a year. The underlying cause is general despondency about life in Europe’s most repressive state.

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Hundreds attend Fem Fest in Moscow to talk about domestic violence, rape and low pay in male-dominated society

After years of operating in the shadows, Russia’s women’s rights activists are pushing back against “traditional values”, and a government that has recently decriminalised some forms of domestic violence.

Related: Fury at Russian move to soften domestic violence law

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Outside the Kazakh capital, Astana, the river snowscape is populated by strange figures. Detroit-based photographer Aleksey Kondratyev investigated and discovered they were ice fishermen, who brave -40C temperatures waiting patiently for their catch

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A group of activists, lawyers and artists have launched a platform to help citizen watchdogs in often dangerous situations

In many African countries, the secretive and self-serving deeds of political and business elites have come to light thanks only to whistleblowers.

In Kenya, former journalist John Githongo exposed fraudulent military equipment deals and other swindles in a series of explosive exposures; Abdullahi Hussein secretly filmed human rights atrocities in Ethiopia; Jean-Jacques Lumumba, a Congolese banker, shed light on serious financial embezzlement involving the ruling Kabila family.

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Security forces funded by US are accused of human rights abuses including summary executions and disappearances

Just before his torturers pushed him out of the van, barely conscious, on to the Nairobi pavement, Abdi was told he was one of the lucky ones: “You were supposed to die tonight.”

The security operatives who picked him up were Kenyan, but new research from the Angaza Foundation for African Reporting suggests they are part of a US-funded counter-terrorism strategy across Africa that is leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

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On 25 March 1942, 999 girls and women were taken to the camp from Poprad, Slovakia. Now just one is still alive. Edita Grosman tells her story as she prepares to return to her home city

“I’m sure I’ve survived for a reason,” says Edita Grosman. “One of us had to still be here to tell you what happened. And even if I was lying on my death bed, as long as my brain was working, I’d have to keep talking about it, especially because there are so many people who say it never happened.”

The 92-year-old has travelled from her home in Toronto to her native Slovakia. On Saturday she will return to the railway station in the city of Poprad, from where, 75 years ago to the day, she was one of 999 girls and women driven in windowless cattle cars to Auschwitz.

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Injuries are being reported after the explosion destroyed a building, believed to have been a dance studio

A number of people have been injured after a building collapsed in a suspected gas explosion on the Wirral.

Emergency services were called to Bebington on Saturday night. A spokeswoman for Merseyside fire and rescue service said: “There has been a suspected gas explosion resulting in a building collapse. We are liaising with police and the ambulance service.”

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Jazz singer, hustler and cook whose relationship with Christine Keeler played a part in the Profumo affair

On 7 August 1961, in the Rio Cafe in run-down Notting Hill, west London, Aloysius “Lucky” Gordon, a Jamaican jazz singer and hustler, met Christine Keeler for the first time. It was an encounter that would unravel a scandal and help to secure the downfall of the Conservatives at the 1964 election, ushering in the Labour administration of Harold Wilson. Gordon, who has died aged 85, was affected by its consequences for the rest of his life.

He was selling marijuana, and Keeler was looking to buy. With her were two men: Stephen Ward, the mysterious society osteopath, a pimp-like mentor to the soon-to-be-notorious Keeler, and John Profumo, secretary of state for war and Keeler’s lover, who handed the young woman cash for the drug.

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Vietnamese teens are tending Britain’s makeshift drug factories in empty buildings from suburban homes to a nuclear bunker. Here are their stories

From the first-floor window of the flat where he was incarcerated, 15-year-old Tung began to piece together what the UK was like. He liked watching the busy road with three or four shops, a pizza restaurant and a petrol station. He had been told never to turn on the light, so he often sat by the window in the dark, peering out from the side. “Where I lived in Vietnam was a very remote area, just trees and dirt tracks. We rarely saw a car. I found it all so surprising.”

He was locked in the flat alone for two months. “It was terrible, the first month. I wanted to go out, to talk to someone. I almost felt like I was going mad. But by the second month I was getting used to it.”

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Two die after vehicle rolls and catches fire in Matraville following earlier deaths in the north of the state

Two people have died after a car crashed into a power pole in Matraville in Sydney’s east.

Police were called to the intersection of Botany Road and Bumborah Point Road, where they found a vehicle had rolled and caught on fire.

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Crackdown by President Lukashenko follows two months of demonstrations against his 23-year rule

Armed riot police and water cannon were deployed in cities across Belarus and the internet was shut down across the country on a day of protest and human rights marches.

People were on Saturday night reported to be still attempting to demonstrate in the capital, Minsk, as well as in Brest and Grodno, on what was the national Freedom Day. There were sporadic outbreaks of violence as masked police closed down key roads and charged at marchers to stop crowds forming. Witnesses claimed it was the most determined crackdown by President Alexander Lukashenko so far in what has been two months of protests and opposition to his 23-year rule.

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The UK was merely a side-note as the 27 other member states descended on Italy to embrace bloc and call for greater unity

Only once, and fleetingly, was the 28th member state of the European Union mentioned during the formalities of a distinctly sombre summit in Rome held to mark the 60th anniversary of the bloc. And it was not to celebrate what Boris Johnson has taken to describing as Britain’s liberation.

Lamenting the EU’s failure to respond adequately enough to the economic crisis of 2008, the Italian prime minister Paolo Gentolini told leaders and dignitaries: “That [failure] triggered in part of public opinion – unfortunately the majority of public opinion in the United Kingdom – it triggered a crisis of rejection. It brought forward the nationalism that we thought had been closed down in the archives.”

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The leaders of 27 EU member states meet in Rome on Saturday to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the bloc and to sign the Rome declaration, renewing their commitment to the European Union. British prime minister Theresa May was not invited to the event as she prepares to trigger the UK’s exit from the EU

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On its 60th birthday, people from Sweden to Bulgaria with doubts about the EU speak their mind about whether the project is worth pursuing

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President Kaljulaid says Estonia sorry to see UK leave EU after British troops arrived under Nato to deter Russian aggression

Britain will not be able to divide Europe by using security as a bargaining chip in its Brexit negotiations, Estonia’s president has said.

Kersti Kaljulaid, Estonia’s first female leader, also welcomed the arrival of about 120 British troops last week in the Baltic nation, the first batch of soldiers deployed under a Nato plan to deter Russian aggression. Britain and Estonia have security ties dating back to 1918 and the latest deployment underscores the UK’s intention not to retreat from European defence.

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Monthly dance classes in a Melbourne hall are offering joy to LGBTI elders who have lived through a lifetime of discrimination

A bald man in sparkling gold hot pants and aviator shades runs on a treadmill, centre stage beneath a huge light bank and accompanied by booming disco beats. Before him, dancers in skin-tight metallics writhe and jive, leading a growing audience who are initially circumspect but soon busting moves with abandon. Passersby stop to stare, to Instagram, to join in the dance. Is it a performance? A sporting feat? An invitation?

According to the website of the man in the hot pants, Tristan Meecham, it’s a spectacular theatrical and participatory art experience. Titled Fun Run, it’s a performance he has created in cities all over the world; in each place, community groups – cycling pelotons, skipping teams, brass bands and breakdancers – take turns to accompany him and cheer him on as he runs a full marathon of 42.2km. It’s quite bizarre, enormously fun and remains resolutely unexplained to those who happen across it. So what’s the point?

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Speaking to leaders of 27 EU member states at the Vatican, Pope Francis warns that Europe has forgotten the tragedy of past divisions

Pope Francis has urged European leaders to resist the “false forms of security” promised by those who want to wall themselves off, just days before Theresa May triggers article 50 negotiations.

In a speech at the Vatican, the pope warned that Europeans appeared to have forgotten the “tragedy” of the divisions of the past.

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The father of the Germanwings co-pilot accused of purposefully crashing a passenger flight into a French mountainside, killing all 150 people onboard, says he does not believe his son was depressed at the time of the disaster. French investigators concluded Andreas Lubitz deliberately locked the captain out of the cockpit before crashing the jet

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Your heartbreaking photograph of children at a camp for families fleeing drought in Somalia (Eyewitness, 21 March) and reports of the escalating famine across Africa force one to consider what might be a satisfactory response from an already beleaguered world. I am not a scientist, so I put these questions to a scientist friend of mine: could desalination plants be designed to turn sea water into drinking water? Could such research be made a priority? Could the resulting fresh water be piped into the African interior and used to irrigate vast areas of desert land? Would such a project be impractically expensive? He answered yes to these presumably naive questions, with the proviso that they would cost a great deal of money. What’s the problem, I asked, given the wealth enjoyed by governments and people across the world? Lack of will, he replied.

Can we not find the will? Isn’t such a project exactly what the world needs to help it out of its present slough of bitterness and aggression? And if its achievement would be too late to aid Africa now in its immediate plight, would it not provide a long-term solution to many of the issues that dog Somalia and indeed the world? Incidentally, what is the United Nations for?
David Curtis
Solihull, West Midlands

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Russian president Vladimir Putin meets with far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen at the Kremlin on Friday and says that he has no intention of influencing the outcome of this year’s election process. Le Pen had not been expected to meet with the president during her trip to Russia

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These benefits are optional in the Republicans’ world. That’s what happens when the conservatives’ disregard for women and healthcare meet

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As Republicans tried (and failed) to repeal the Affordable Care Act yesterday while the president played big boy truck time, it was hard to remember a time when each day didn’t feel a million years long.

The right isn’t even trying to hide their disdain for poor people anymore: today Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, said on CBS This Morning that if people were worried about their state not requiring employers to cover services like maternity care, they should “figure out a way to change the state” they live in.

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Experts are divided about how effective the new plans will be. Airport security has always been reactive, they argue – and the methods we currently use are not necessarily the best for identifying terrorist threats

If you travel by air from certain countries – which happen to be Muslim-majority – to the US or UK, you will no longer be allowed to take your laptop or tablet in your hand baggage. You will probably have lots of questions, such as: why has the US banned them from flights operated by airlines based in those countries, but not on US carriers? And why has the UK banned them from all airlines departing those countries, British airlines included? If a bomb can be concealed in a laptop, shouldn’t they be banned from flights altogether, rather than just shifted to the hold? Wouldn’t a would-be terrorist just fly to another airport, and get a connecting flight to the UK or US, with their laptop in their carry-on bag? And – most pertinently – what films will the airline be showing now you don’t have a gadget to entertain you?

“It makes so little sense,” says Bruce Schneier, a security expert and author of Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World. It has been suggested the that US ban is a protectionist measure, hiding behind a terror threat. As the Washington Post pointed out, “three of the airlines that have been targeted for these measures – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar – have long been accused by their US competitors of receiving massive effective subsidies from their governments. These airlines have been quietly worried for months that President Trump was going to retaliate. This may be the retaliation.”

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Far-right candidate in French presidential election reaffirms support for dropping EU sanctions on Russia after meeting in Moscow

Vladimir Putin has received Marine Le Pen in the Kremlin in a surprise move likely to reignite fears in Europe about Russian support for the European far right.

Putin told Le Pen Russia had no intention of meddling in the French presidential elections, though the meeting is likely to send the opposite message.

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As Disneyland Paris prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary, employees at the workshops build new floats and costumes based on films including Finding Nemo. Take a look behind the scenes

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The local head of the Salvation Army says businesses were burnt to the ground amid ‘great devastation’

Riots have swept through the Papua New Guinea capital Port Moresby causing “great devastation”, a Salvation Army official has said.

Territorial commander Colonel Kelvin Alley said community services such as a supermarket, medical centre, dentist and chemist were burnt to the ground in the disturbances on Friday.

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British-born Westminster attacker had long history with police … crunch vote on Trump’s Obamacare repeal … and Amy Schumer quits Barbie movie

Good morning, Warren Murray bringing you the Briefing this morning.

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The deal is one of a number of bilateral measures agreed between China’s premier Li Keqiang and Malcolm Turnbull

Australian chilled beef exporters have gained better access to the lucrative Chinese market as part of undertakings agreed during a visit to Canberra by the Chinese premier, Li Keqiang.

The beef deal, which expands chilled meat market access from eleven exporters to all eligible Australian exporters, was one of a number of bilateral measures agreed between Li and the Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, after talks between the two leaders in Parliament House on Thursday.

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24 March 1933: Full powers given to the Hitler government. The President’s functions will be limited, laws promulgated by decree, the electoral system may be altered by decree, and the budget settled by decree

The Enabling Bill, which gives absolute powers to the German Government for four years, was passed by the Reichstag yesterday, all parties except the Socialists voting for it. The President’s functions will be limited, laws promulgated by decree, the electoral system may be altered by decree, and the Budget settled by decree, thus preventing public knowledge and criticism of military and naval expenditure.

In view of the threats made by the Nazis on Wednesday to the non-Government parties, the passing of the bill is not surprising.

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Relatives of nine passengers still missing watched as 6,800-ton ferry was brought to surface, ready to taken to port and be searched

South Korean efforts to bring a sunken, 6,800-ton ferry back to land cleared an obstacle on Friday after divers cut off a dangling vehicle ramp.

Removing the ramp allowed workers to raise the ferry to a height where it can be loaded onto a semi-submersible transport vessel and taken to a port.

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Viktor Orban’s government proposes tit-for-tat measure after Dutch beer maker won trademark case against similarly named brand favoured by Hungarians

The famous red star logo of Dutch beer Heineken could be banned in Hungary under a government proposal seeking to prohibit the commercial use of “totalitarian” symbols.

The draft law was introduced this week by the ruling Fidesz party of hardline rightwing prime minister Viktor Orban, ostensibly to outlaw merchandise featuring symbols like the Nazi swastika or the communist five-pointed red star.

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It’s not impossible that food in a restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina could have involved undocumented workers at every stage of processing – and that deporting them would seriously hurt the whole industry

Miguel has endured a lot to be able to make food for the people of Charlotte, North Carolina. As one of the city’s thousands of undocumented workers from Mexico, he once spent over a week in the Texas desert after crossing the border. He hasn’t seen his children for over three years.

But he loves the process of creating food, and has memorized the time it takes to prep each ingredient, and his goals for how to do it quicker. The kitchen has become his refuge – one of the only places in the city that he’ll even go, now that his continued existence in the US is increasingly tenuous.

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From Hefei to Honghu, readers across China share their stories about how their cities are changing – and what the county’s rapid urbanisation means for them

When I introduce myself to my American classmates, I insist on stating my native language is Wu-Chinese. That’s true, because my entire family tree has been in the city of Shaoxing for more than a century. Since the day I was born, I was surrounded by Wu-Chinese speakers with Shaoxing’s dialect.

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An ‘international tourism destination of peerless beauty’ say the slogans hanging in the streets of Guilin, but one of the scenic city’s rivers has recently been home to sewage and garbage. In a country where environmentalists are charged with anti-government espionage, will the authorities intervene?

When Jianjun Xu woke up one morning in May 2015, the ground floor of his house in Gongcheng, Guilin, was flooded. After heavy rainstorms, the nearby Cha River swelled, sweeping away hundreds of homes. “The water was up to my knees,” he says. “It smelled awful and there was garbage floating in my living room.”

Xu didn’t understand how the floodwater had reached his street. Anti-flood barriers had been under construction since December 2012. Given the speed of Chinese infrastructure work, he thought the project had been completed. But instead of a construction site, he found a green river, its banks decorated with garbage.

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Unlike Guangzhou’s African community – who have faced prejudice and hostility – Yiwu’s foreign residents enjoy an ‘unusual freedom of worship’, with the municipal government even consulting international traders on city business

After dark on Exotic Street in China’s eastern city of Yiwu, three Yemeni boys crowd round a large charcoal barbecue rack selling lamb kebabs and baked breads. They order in confident Mandarin, chatting rapidly between themselves in Arabic.

Inside the adjoining Erbil restaurant, two Jordanian men share a plate heaped with barbecued meat and vegetables, while on the street corner two men sit smoking shisha pipes. The Zekeen supermarket sells both instant noodles and halal meat, and an African woman wearing a hijab carries out bags of shopping. Opposite, two young Russian women emerge from a shop that sells the unlikely combination of trainers and sex toys.

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New cycle-share firms in China allow you to simply drop your bike wherever you want. They have caused colourful chaos – and world cities could be next

On a 30ft-wide screen in Hangzhou’s public bike share office, the counter ticks up relentlessly: 278,812 … 278,847 … 278,883 … Another 40 cycle rentals every couple of seconds. The system will easily top 350,000 before this bitterly cold winter day is out.

On the left of the giant screen, the world’s 15 biggest public bike shares are ranked. Thirteen of them are in China. (Paris is No 5 with 21,000 bikes, and London No 12, with 16,500). Hangzhou – an hour west of Shanghai by bullet train – is slightly larger than London by population, but its share system is five times the size. It comfortably tops the table with 84,100 cycles, almost twice as many as its nearest rival.

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For three decades, Chen Zhixian has captured the action in the People’s Square of Jincheng. Moving from black and white to colour, then slide film and now digital, the only constant in his photos has been the statue of Chairman Mao

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Mountains have been flattened and villages bulldozed to build Lanzhou New Area in China’s wild west. Four years ago Tom Phillips met empty streets and an eerie hush, but now he finds this improbable desert mirage finally filling up

It was a scheme as bold and eccentric as any to emerge from China’s 21st-century sprint towards urbanisation: to build and populate a dazzling metropolis of one million inhabitants deep in the country’s barren western hinterlands.

In their bid to make this Fitzcarraldo-esque dream a reality there is little Chinese authorities have not tried. Hundreds of mountains and village after village have been bulldozed since construction of Gansu province’s Lanzhou New Area began in 2012.

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When they fled their homes at the start of the conflict, these Syrian families thought they would return within days. Six years on, still in Lebanon and Jordan – and with no chance of return – they show what they brought with them

All photographs by Andrew McConnell/British Red Cross

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Fadila Bargicho believes divine intervention saved the life of one of her two sons when a landfill site collapsed near Addis Ababa. The reality is more prosaic

It was only a misplaced shoe that prevented Fadila Bargicho from losing a second child when an avalanche of rubbish crushed makeshift houses, killing at least 113 people in Addis Ababa earlier this month.

An impatient Ayider Habesha, nine, had left his older brother searching for his footwear. He headed to religious lessons in a hut next to the towering dump. Ayider was buried alive with his six classmates and teacher when a chunk of the open landfill gave way on the evening of 11 March. His body was recovered two days later.

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US lawmakers united in condemnation of plan to discontinue ‘life-changing’ aid programme that has provided food for 40 million children in poor countries

Donald Trump’s plan to cut a school meals programme that has reached 40 million children worldwide has been branded “cruel and shameful” by US lawmakers.

A $182m (£145m) bipartisan US aid enterprise, known as the McGovern-Dole food for education programme, has been described as life-changing by Republican and Democratic senators and members of Congress alike. The scheme, which was established by the late George McGovern and former senator Bob Dole, has helped to promote political, economic and social stability in poor countries.

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As hunger spreads in east Africa, famine threatens to take hold beyond South Sudan. Lucy Lamble explores the background and response to the crisis

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A combination of drought and conflict has left the lives of more than 20 million people in east Africa in the balance. As the danger grows that other countries will follow South Sudan into famine, Lucy Lamble examines how the biggest crisis since 1945 has evolved and what can be done to tackle the situation.

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Parliamentary bill proposing to loosen draconian restrictions on abortion finds favour after religious groups, doctors and others voice public support

El Salvador’s controversial law banning abortion in all circumstances, which has provoked ruthless miscarriages of justice, could be overturned in what has been described as a historic move.

Momentum is building around a parliamentary bill proposing to allow abortion in cases of rape or human trafficking; when the foetus in unviable; or to protect the pregnant woman’s health or life.

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Positive outcome of trials in Niger fuels hope that vaccine can protect children in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond from infection that causes often fatal diarrhoea

A vaccine capable of enduring scorching temperatures for months at a time could strike a decisive blow in the fight against rotavirus, preventing nearly half a million children around the world from dying of diarrhoea each year.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has hailed successful trials of the BRV-PV vaccine in Niger as a “game changer” in tackling rotavirus infection, which is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea globally and claims the lives of an estimated 1,300 children daily, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Public urged to keep giving as Redmayne, Bill Nighy and Ben Stiller front major fundraising drive for worst humanitarian crisis since the end of world war two

A crisis appeal to support the millions of people at risk of starvation in east Africa has raised £30m in a week.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched its appeal for funds on 15 March, amid warnings that the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the end of the second world war.

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Neglected Nimruz province hopes a dam will boost agriculture but faces hostility from Iran, unhappy at the Helmand river’s meager flow, and their Taliban allies

In a corner of the southern Afghan desert, scorched by heat and thrashed by sandstorms, Nimruz is one of Afghanistan’s most remote and lawless provinces. Enjoying little international aid or government authority, it is also one of the least developed.

However, there is hope for progress. But that hope is pinned on a resource that could spark regional conflict: water.

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Unicef report says climate change and conflict are intensifying risks to children of living without enough water, and that the poorest will suffer most

One in four of the world’s children will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040 as a result of climate change, the UN has warned.

Within two decades, 600 million children will be in regions enduring extreme water stress, with a great deal of competition for the available supply. The poorest and most disadvantaged will suffer most, according to research published by the children’s agency, Unicef, to mark World Water Day on Wednesday.

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Annual human development index cites Brexit as an example of a nationalist agenda that could hold back progress on the global goals

Nationalism and identity politics – of which Brexit is one of the latest examples – are barriers to development among the most marginalised groups in society, according to a UN report.

The annual human development index said that at a time when global action and collaboration were imperative in achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030, exclusion and intolerance could prevent progress reaching everyone. “Brexit is one of the most recent examples of a retreat to nationalism … ” the report said. “Intolerance of others in all its forms – legal, social or coercive – is antithetical to human development.”

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The two appear to be a study in contrasts – but both display a remarkable lack of compassion. Their likeness could serve to justify Democrats’ opposition

On the surface, they could hardly be more different. Neil Gorsuch is known for his intellectual firepower; Donald Trump speaks at the level of a 10-year-old. Gorsuch has literary panache; Trump once referred to the size of his genitalia on a presidential debate stage. Gorsuch is a textualist; Trump makes up his own facts. And at first, it seemed confirmation hearings for Gorsuch’s nomination to be the next justice on the supreme court this week would only serve to heighten these contrasts.

As Trump tweeted angry disinformation in response to the revelation of an FBI investigation into his administration, Gorsuch sat coolly before members of the Senate judiciary committee. He quoted Socrates and reminisced with Ted Cruz about playing ball on the supreme court’s basketball court as young clerks.

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US president plays hardball with Congress by threatening to walk away from repealing Obamacare if the House fails to pass his healthcare bill

The Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City has been described as the biggest gamble of Donald Trump’s business career. In 1990, he relied on high-interest loans known as junk bonds to launch the casino-hotel complex. The gamble was a spectacular failure and, just over a year later, the Taj Mahal filed for bankruptcy.

Now Trump is taking the biggest gamble of his short political career. This time he is dealing not with bankers and bondholders but politicians with all their calculations around ideology and electoral cycles. Friday is make-or-break day – and no one knows what will happen.

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Poland and Hungary expected to bridle at plans to empower core group of member states as bloc marks 60-year anniversary

The role of leader of Europe’s awkward squad, played with aplomb by the UK for the past 45 years, will be handed to Poland and Hungary at the weekend when European Union leaders meet in Rome to celebrate 60 years of the EU’s existence and map out a new future after Brexit.

With Theresa May absent, leaders from Warsaw and Budapest will puncture any mood of self-congratulation. They are also expected to bridle at any plans to empower groups of member states to choose to integrate more deeply, in effect creating a two-speed Europe.

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Only two presidents in history have been impeached, but murmurs continue to surround Trump. Here’s how the process would work – if it would at all

On 21 July 2007, George W Bush underwent surgery to have five polyps removed after what was described as a routine colonoscopy. The date may have been lost to history, but for the rare invocation at the time of a constitutional amendment laying out how the transfer of power to the vice-president works in cases of presidential disability.

For 125 minutes – as long as it took for Bush to enter and emerge from partial anesthesia, eat breakfast and display possession of his native wit – Dick Cheney held all the powers attached to the office of the presidency. (Some wags have suggested that Cheney wielded that authority, unofficially, over a much longer time span.)

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On March 26, Hong Kong will elect its next leader, known as the chief executive, for the first time since widespread protests over democratisation

Hong Kong will elect the next head of the city, known as the chief executive, for a five-year term on 26 March. This is the first election for the city’s top job since dissatisfaction with the pace of democratisation sparked widespread street protests in 2014.

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Holding many large devices with lithium-ion batteries in cargo could create fire risk that has downed airplanes, as directive only affects foreign-owned carriers

A new measure forcing passengers to store all their large electronics in the hold may have disastrous consequences, say airline experts – and the only security that measure will provide is financial security to American carriers.

Related: Experts criticize US electronic devices ban on some flights from Middle East

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Flint, Michigan is a city built on the American dream. With the disappearance of industry, it became impoverished and neglected, and so did its residents. The water crisis is just one more tragedy piled upon a mound of oppression.

Noah Patton, a young man from Flint, was deeply affected after his mother committed suicide. But with the help of his pastor, he has turned his life around and is helping to positively shape the future of his community

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Trump says Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, to blame after Republicans pull House bill meant to replace Affordable Care Act

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A crestfallen Paul Ryan admitted Republicans ‘came up short’ in their efforts to overhaul the US healthcare system on Friday. The speaker of the House spoke just hours after legislation was pulled from consideration due to a shortage of votes. Ryan told reporters it was a ‘disappointing day’ and said the US would be ‘living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future’

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The White House said on Friday that Donald Trump had done all he could to pass the Republican healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, amid signs the measure might not have enough support to pass. The White House press secetary, Sean Spicer, said Trump had ‘pulled out every stop’ to get the bill passed

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Donald Trump has warned House Republican lawmakers that he will leave the Affordable Care Act in place and move on to tax reform if they don’t come together to stand behind a new healthcare bill on Friday. After a week of wrangling with GOP lawmakers, the president suffered an embarrassing setback on Thursday when a decision over the new healthcare bill had to be postponed due to a lack of support

Trump calls out Republicans on abortion to try to sway healthcare vote

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Wearing a pin saying ‘I love trucks’, the US president jumps into a prime mover parked at the White House, then gleefully pumps his fists and gives the air-horn a few blasts. Truckers and industry CEOs were at the White House for a listening session on health care and what Trump portrayed as Obamacare’s negative impact on their industry and livelihood

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