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‘You can hear the bombing right now’: Trump claims a ceasefire in Syria is working – but the casualties pile up

In the town of Tal Tamr, Richard Hall finds that a ceasefire announced with great fanfare by Donald Trump is non-existent A black cloud looms over Tal Tamr. Great plumes of smoke rise from burning tyres lit by fighters defending this town, in northeast Syria, as they try in vain to block the view of […]

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Indian city’s cow dung ban leaves a bitter taste for street food vendors

Stall owners fear for livelihoods, saying burning dung essential to flavour of Bihari favourites The tantalising scent of freshly cooked dough rises from Brij Bihari Rai’s food stall outside Patna zoo. Sitting on top of the grill is Rai’s specialty, litti chokha, stuffed wheat flour balls tossed in ghee and served with mashed aubergine or […]

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UK set to defy UN deadline to return Chagos Islands

Refusal to return archipelago to Mauritius ‘lawless’ and ‘reflects colonial mindset’ says barrister Britain’s “outright defiance” of a UN deadline to hand the Chagos Islands to Mauritius by Friday, in a final act of African “decolonisation”, has been condemned by Mauritius and the globally-scattered communities of exiled islanders.The UK’s refusal to end its occupation of […]

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UK to repatriate orphaned children of British Isis members from Syria

This is first time British citizens have been brought home from former Isis territory  The UK is to repatriate orphaned children of British Isis members from Syria, the foreign secretary has announced. The children, who cannot be identified for security reasons, will be the first British citizens to be brought back to the UK from […]

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ASTRONOMERS SPOT HIGHEST-ENERGY BLAST FROM MOST POWERFUL COSMIC EXPLOSION IN THE UNIVERSE

‘This has the potential to significantly advance our understanding of these violent phenomena,’ says scientist Astronomers have spotted the highest-energy radiation ever seen from the most powerful cosmic explosion in the universe.The blast of radiation, known as gamma-rays, came in two bursts that hit Earth with more than 100 billion times the energy in visible […]

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Australia fires: record-breaking temperatures fuel bushfires across the country

Temperatures top 40C in Victoria’s north as up to 11 properties hit by fire in South Australia, while NSW and Tasmania face difficult conditions Record-breaking spring temperatures helped spark and fan bushfires across the country on Thursday, forecasting a potentially devastating bushfire summer.In Victoria, 100km/h winds fanned more than 60 blazes, as an unprecedented heatwave […]

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Hong Kong protests: hundreds arrested as university standoff enters third day

Fears of bloody clashes as up to 200 remain trapped inside Polytechnic University Fears of a potential crackdown or bloody clashes have risen in Hong Kong as the standoff between riot police and protesters at a university in the city enters its third day with up to 200 still trapped.Hong Kong’s chief executive Carrie Lam […]

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Doctors warn of danger of ‘feather duvet lung’

Medical team say people’s unexplained breathlessness could be down to bedding dust As winter approaches it might be tempting to curl up under a thick feather duvet, but experts have warned it might lead to more than just warm toes.Doctors have reported a case of “feather duvet lung” – a lung inflammation caused by breathing […]

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Under pressure: how stress can change our lives for the better

Stress and emotional tension tends to be associated with distress – but a form called ‘eustress’ can be healthy and productiveStress has become a defining feature of the 21st century, contributing to the mental-health crisis, fuelling a boom in mindfulness apps and even, science has suggested, affecting unborn children. But it is not always the […]

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‘Show no mercy’: leaked documents reveal details of China’s Xinjiang detentions

More than 400 pages leaked to New York Times by Chinese political insider document brutal crackdown on Muslim minority Hundreds of pages of leaked internal government documents reveal how China’s mass detention of Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang came from directives by Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, to “show absolutely no mercy” in the “struggle […]

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