The House intelligence committee on Tuesday questioned Steve Bannon, the one-time confidant to Donald Trump. The New York Times reported, meanwhile, that Bannon has been subpoenaed by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Operation targeting ?€?terror nests?€? would risk inflaming tensions between Trump administration and Ankara
Turkish troops and tanks near the Syrian border are making final plans to attack the US military?€?s Kurdish partners inside northern Syria as tensions between Ankara and Washington near unprecedented levels.
Ahead of a widely expected incursion, the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, threatened to ?€?destroy all terror nests?€?, a reference to Kurdish forces that the US has used as proxies in the fight against Islamic State (Isis) and Turkey views as a subversive threat.
Brussels targets single-use plastics in an urgent clean-up plan that aims to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030
The EU is waging war against plastic waste as part of an urgent plan to clean up Europe?€?s act and ensure that every piece of packaging on the continent is reusable or recyclable by 2030.
Following China?€?s decision to ban imports of foreign recyclable material, Brussels on Tuesday launched a plastics strategy designed to change minds in Europe, potentially tax damaging behaviour, and modernise plastics production and collection by investing ?350m (£310m) in research.
The actor has launched a defense of the film-maker on Twitter, calling it one of the ?€?privileges of his career?€? to work with him
Alec Baldwin has defended Woody Allen on Twitter and called other actors ?€?unfair and sad?€? for voicing their regrets over working with him.
Baldwin, who worked with Allen on Blue Jasmine and To Rome With Love, is the latest actor to speak publicly about the film-maker, following on from Greta Gerwig, Mira Sorvino, Rebecca Hall and Timothée Chalamet.
?€?We commit ourselves to ensuring such things do not happen again?€?
Pontiff?€?s Chile visit overshadowed by firebombing of nine churches
Pope Francis has admitted his ?€?pain and shame?€? over the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy on a visit to Chile which has been overshadowed by the firebombing of nine churches - allegedly by activists claiming a high-level cover-up.
Speaking in Santiago in the presence of the Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, legislators, diplomats and other officials, Francis asked for forgiveness.
US share index rises 1,000 points in 12 days - but sceptics warn rise could be last hurrah before a crash
The Dow Jones Industrial Average has topped the 26,000 mark for the first time, a new landmark in the Wall Street stock market boom that has gathered pace since the new year.
The leading index of US shares has risen 1,000 points in just 12 days - and six stock market trading sessions, given that Wall Street was closed for Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday - fuelled by an upswing in the global economy and the prospect of bumper company earnings thanks to Donald Trump?€?s corporate tax cuts.
Department asks high court for ?€?direct review?€? of ruling that temporarily blocks Trump administration from phasing out Daca
The Department of Justice said on Tuesday it is appealing against a federal judge?€?s ruling that temporarily blocked the Trump administration from phasing out the Obama-era program granting protections to young, undocumented immigrants - and asking the supreme court to intervene.
The department said it had filed an appeal in the ninth circuit court and intends to ?€?take the rare step?€? later this week of seeking a fast track to the supreme court.
Authorities say Oliver McAfee, 29, may have condition which leads those affected to believe they are biblical figures
Israeli authorities are searching for a British man who is missing in the Negev desert amid fears that he could be suffering from Jerusalem syndrome, a psychiatric condition whose sufferers believe they are prophets or other biblical figures.
Oliver McAfee, 29, a devout Christian, was last seen on 21 November while cycling near the southern Israeli town of Mitzpe Ramon. Hikers found his wallet, keys and computer tablet earlier this month, and other possessions, including his bicycle, bags and shoes, were found separately.
Nasr al-Hariri, chief negotiator for Syria?€?s umbrella opposition group, says without pressure there will be no settlement
The US is showing a new commitment to forcing the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad to make concessions to end the country?€?s seven-year civil war, but must still do more to persuade Russia to put pressure on Assad to negotiate, the Syrian opposition leader has said.
Nasr al-Hariri, chief negotiator for the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Syria?€?s umbrella opposition group, said he welcomed the US keeping 2,000 troops inside Syria, so long as it helped bring a political settlement.
Parents charged with torture and child endangerment after girl escapes and alerts authorities
A mother and father have been charged with torture after their 13 malnourished children were rescued from a California house, where some were found shackled to beds.
Police made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl escaped from the house in Perris, 70 miles (115km) east of Los Angeles, on Sunday and used a mobile phone she had found in the home to raise the alarm at 6am, the Riverside county sheriff?€?s office said. She was so underfed that officers thought she was only 10, and they mistook her seven adult siblings for children.
Tabarnia movement, which parodies Catalan independence demands, has grown increasingly popular on social media
The fraught business of installing a new Catalan government begins on Wednesday but in the meantime Tabarnia, a fictitious but increasingly popular region that wants independence from Catalonia, has sworn in an actor and theatre producer as its first president.
The move by the broad coastal strip from Tarragona to Barcelona - hence the name - is a good-humoured backlash against what many see as the imposition of an independence agenda on a part of Catalonia that has never voted for secessionist candidates.
Murdoch denies any knowledge of Chinese-funded garden project for which she is alleged to have been lobbying
Jared Kushner, Donald Trump?€?s son-in-law, was reportedly warned about his friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch, amid fears she was using the connection to promote China?€?s business interests.
Early in 2017 US officials urged Kushner, who is a senior adviser to the US president, to exercise caution around Murdoch, according to the Wall Street Journal. Murdoch is a close friend of Kushner?€?s wife, Ivanka Trump.
Ivanovi? killed on day that Belgrade and Pristina started talks on normalising ties
Oliver Ivanovi?, a prominent Kosovo Serb politician, has been gunned down outside his party headquarters on the day that Belgrade and Pristina started talks on normalising ties after a break of more than a year.
Ivanovi? was shot six times by unknown assailants in a drive-by shooting in the divided city of Mitrovica. The popular former secretary of state for Kosovo and Metohija in the Serbian government was an opponent of the Belgrade-backed Serb party in Kosovo.
Hundreds queued for today?€?s release - with the ?180 shoes doubling as ?700+ transport tickets, it wasn?€?t just the usual sneakerheads
Outside Overkill, a hip shoe store in Berlin?€?s Kreuzberg district, breakfast is being served: Mettbrötchen, minced raw pork on a bread roll. ?€?This isn?€?t a hipster breakfast,?€? explains Julian Kalitta of Overkill. ?€?It is typical old-school Berlin - something you can imagine one of the city?€?s tram drivers eating before work.?€?
It?€?s a fitting treat for the hundreds of people who have camped out in the snow, some since Saturday, waiting for the limited release of 500 pairs of the new EQT Support 93/Berlin shoe - an unlikely collaboration between Adidas and BVG, the city?€?s transport company.
The Trump name is being scrubbed off skylines from New York to Toronto to Rio as the brand backfires
It takes all of 30 seconds for the doorman at Trump Place to kick me out of the building. ?€?Ma?€?am, you need to leave,?€? he says, when I tell him I am a journalist. Then he practically shoves me out the marble lobby, back through the revolving doors .
Tensions are high at Trump Place, 200 Riverside Boulevard. The luxury condominium complex on New York?€?s Upper West Side is currently embroiled in an increasingly contentious legal battle with the Trump family. Like many of the towers bearing the Trump brand, 200 Riverside Boulevard isn?€?t actually owned by the Trumps; it simply licenses the name, which is plastered on the building in big brass letters. And now many residents don?€?t want it any more.
Amid the carnage of the civil war, Aden is the only major city in Yemen looking open for business - but it still has a long way to go
With Yemeni president Abd-rabbu Mansour Hadi still in Saudi Arabia, the return of prime minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr to the port of Aden at the end of December underlined the interim capital?€?s importance. Amid the carnage of the Yemeni civil war and with the former capital, Sana?€?a, under Houthi control, Aden is the only major city looking remotely open for international business.
President Hadi?€?s hometown was one of the few ports to be reopened at the end of last year after the Saudi-led coalition opted to starve out the northern rebels. Now Aden must work out how to recover from ruinous damage sustained during the 2015 offensive, in which the Houthis came within a whisker of seizing the city.
When a quake devastated Sicily in 1968, a bold plan was hatched - to build entirely new towns and move the inhabitants. But what looked futuristic on paper would herald a new decay
Fifty years ago, the ground began to shake in Poggioreale, an ancient village in the Belìce Valley of south-west Sicily.
Calogero Petralia was eating spaghetti with his family, just as he did every Sunday lunch. By the time the initial earthquake and the aftershocks that night had quietened, the house where Petralia was born and raised was gone. It was 15 January 1968 and he was 18 years old. ?€?My heart remained in that room,?€? he says.
Migrants are still travelling to the Channel port, enduring desperate living conditions and dying on the roads, trying to get to Britain
A few hours before his death, Abdullah Dilsouz was playing cricket with other child refugees in the wasteland behind the port of Calais. Friends said he was excited to be nearing the end of a long journey from Afghanistan, and optimistic that he would soon be able to join his brother in London.
But the 15-year-old was run over by a refrigeration truck on 22 December - one of three asylum-seekers to be killed on the roads outside the port in the past month. A fourth has been seriously injured and remains in a coma in hospital and on Sunday night an Iraqi refugee had his legs severed by a train near Dunkirk.
Government urged to increase funding as hospitals are forced to cancel operations and health ministry launches push for donors
Uganda is grappling with a critical shortage of blood that is affecting services and putting patients?€? lives at risk.
The health ministry?€?s blood bank facility in the capital, Kampala, which stores and distributes supplies to hospitals, is practically empty. It has just 150units of blood remaining, not enough to meet requirements on an average day in the city.
If spilled, heavy fuel oil would remain for long periods and could spread widely if entrained in moving ice, writes Sue Libenson
The stricken tanker now sunk offshore of Shanghai should give pause to all with concern for the ocean, especially those who depend on sensitive, remote waters such as the Arctic. The tanker?€?s cargo of light fuel burned for a week, but response crews have voiced concerns about the heavy fuel oil or bunker fuel that powered the tanker. Heavy fuel is the dirtiest oil and highly persistent if spilled. A large heavy fuel spill into the waters of China?€?s largest fishery would compound the tragedy of the tanker?€?s missing crew. High seas, poisonous fumes, explosions, and winds have hampered rescue and response efforts this week. China?€?s calamity highlights efforts to prevent heavy fuel oil spills in other sensitive, but more challenging waters. International consideration is being given to phase out the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic where communities depend on marine life and spill response is negligible. If spilled, heavy fuel oil would remain for long periods and could spread widely if entrained in moving ice. This dangerous fuel is already banned under international rules for Antarctic waters. The Arctic deserves the same international precautions. Sue Libenson Senior Arctic program officer, Pacific Environment, Haines, Alaska
Apple disputes rights group report into Catcher Technology factory, which reveals workers?€? claims of long and gruelling hours at low pay
A report into the treatment of workers making iPhones for Apple claims that 90 workers were taken to hospital in May last year after a leak of chemicals including sulphur and phosphorous at a Catcher Technology factory in China.
Rights group China Labour Watch (CLW) details the incident in a report, published on Tuesday in association with the Guardian, into the treatment of workers primarily making products for Apple, in factories in Suqian, Jiangsu province.
In times of famine, epidemic and hardship over the past 250 years, women have consistently outlived men, find researchers
Women are more likely than men to survive in times of famine and epidemics, research has found.
While it has long been known that women have a higher life expectancy than men in general, analysis of historical records stretching back 250 years shows that women have, for example, outlived men on slave plantations in Trinidad, during famines in Sweden and through various measles outbreaks in Iceland.
Bombshell ruling commands Republican-led state to draw electoral maps fair to Democratic voters and fuels expectations highest court will set new standard
The last time North Carolina Republicans redrew the state?€?s 13 congressional districts, they made absolutely no secret of their ambition to rig the system and lock in a 10-3 balance in their favour - regardless of whether they or the Democrats won a majority of the votes in future elections.
?€?I think electing Republicans is better than electing Democrats,?€? bragged the chair of the redistricting committee in the state general assembly, David Lewis. ?€?So I drew this map to help foster what I think is better for the country.?€?
Western bank loans for projects in Africa were to be paid off via rising commodity prices. At least that was the theory ?€?
Global interest rates are rising. Poor countries are finding it tough to pay back money borrowed from banks in anticipation of a commodity windfall that never materialised. Stir in some dirty dealing that has seen funds stolen and what do you have? That?€?s right: the makings of another debt crisis.
Poor country debt was supposed to have been sorted back in 2005, the year the Guardian changed from a broadsheet to its Berliner format. Now, 13 years later, we are changing format again and debt is back albeit in a different form. Last time, the focus was on public debt, money that poor-country governments owed to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and individual rich nations - and which was mostly forgiven as a result of the Gleneagles G8 agreement in 2005. These days, the issue is private-sector debt and while as yet only a handful of countries - mostly in sub-Saharan Africa - are in serious trouble, the warning signs are there. The IMF and the World Bank both know it.
This week reminded me that #MeToo isn?€?t going anywhere, and that anyone who tries to punish the leaders will be stopped
What a week it?€?s been. Between the Golden Globes and Times Up, Oprah and the slew of new allegations against powerful men ?€? it?€?s a lot. But I have to say that this week gave me hope.
In particular, the quick and furious response of feminists online when Harper?€?s magazine was said to be outing the creator of the Shitty Media Men list. Notorious anti-feminist and backlash opportunist Katie Roiphe was said to be writing the piece, and so within hours women online coordinated to protect the anonymous woman?€?s identity.
I?€?ve been working on a book for over a decade, but like Jack in the Shining I?€?ve found myself recording the same things again and again. What am I waiting for?
I don?€?t believe in New Year resolutions, but I do believe in becoming so fed up with doing - or not doing - something that you realise something has to give, whatever the date. It just so happened that this came to me on 2 January, when I realised I?€?d been researching a long-planned book for (the dates on the files do not lie, as much as I wish they did) 14 years. As a teenager, I dreamed of growing up to be like Dorothea from Middlemarch, all spark and goodness, but it turns out I am actually Casaubon, her creaky husband, who rots away as he spends decades researching his magnum opus, The Key To All Mythologies.
I have spent a frankly bizarre portion of my life researching early 20th-century Poland and France (hey, we all get our kicks somewhere). But when I went through my crate of notes last week, I discovered something rather unsettling. I hadn?€?t just been researching for 14 years, I?€?d been researching the same things for 14 years. Like an archaeologist digging through strata, I went through my files going back over a decade, and the same information kept recurring: this fact, that figure, these statistics. I wasn?€?t Casaubon, after all; I was Jack in The Shining, allegedly writing a book, but actually just recording the same things again and again.
Donald Trump?€?s secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, admits not knowing whether Norway?€?s population is mainly white, during questioning by the Senate homeland security committee. Asked by Senator Patrick Leahy if Norway is ?€?predominantly white?€?, Nielsen replies: ?€?I actually do not know that sir.?€?
Rough N Rowdy offers local hopefuls, most with limited skills and little training, the chance to win $1,000 and make a name for themselves in the boxing ring. The event is being broadcast by Barstool Sports, whose CEO, Dave Portnoy, refers to boxers taking part as 'rednecks'
Thirteen malnourished siblings ranging in age from two to 29 have been rescued from a house in California where some of them were chained to beds. Their parents have been charged with torture, police have said. Officers made the discovery after a 17-year-old girl escaped the house in Perris, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles.
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Dozens of people have been injured after as section of a balcony gave way at the stock exchange in Indonesia?€?s capital, Jakarta. A national police spokesman told Agence France-Presse that 75 people had been injured. There have been no reports of deaths thus far.
The US president responds to the furore surrounding his recent comments calling Haiti and African countries 'shitholes', telling reporters: 'I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.' Donald Trump was accused of using the vulgar word during an Oval Office meeting last week with a bipartisan group of six senators. People briefed on the conversation also say that during the meeting the president questioned the need to admit more Haitians to the US
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