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Watchdog to report soon on whether chemical weapons were used in larger-scale attack in Douma



Patrick Wintour Diplomatic editor

Wed 16 May 2018 13.37 BST





Destruction around the Udai hospital following airstrikes by government forces on the town of Saraqeb in January
Photograph: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images
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Pedro Agramunt banned from senior roles for 10 years after probe into vote-rigging


Jennifer Rankin in Brussels and Sam Jones in Madrid

Wed 16 May 2018 14.47 BST



Spain’s King Felipe with the then president of Pace, Pedro Agramunt, in Strasbourg, April 2017
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The talks come nearly a month after public upset over social security reforms. At least 65 people have been killed so far



Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent

Wed 16 May 2018 16.13 BST





Students wave a Nicaraguan flag as they protest against the government of Daniel Ortega in Managua on 15 May
Photograph: Diana Ulloa/AFP/Getty Images
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Official says North Korea has no interest in ‘one-sided’ talks with US


State news agency warns US over ‘provocative’ military exercises



Julian Borger in Washington and Justin McCurry in Tokyo

Wed 16 May 2018 08.51 BST

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When Kylie van Dam went in search of a cycle-friendly city she found the almost car-free suburb of Houten. It’s a model more cities could copy, she writes


Kylie van Dam

Wed 16 May 2018 11.00 BST Last modified on Wed 16 May 2018 14.39 BST



Kylie van Dam and her family in Houten




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While global attention is fixed on the Rohingya crisis, another ethnic minority is at risk of being crushed by the military



Mon 14 May 2018 03.10 BST

Libby Hogan in Yangon (once Rangoon)




114-year-old Supna Hkawn Bu is carried on her grandson’s back to safety
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umb's note: Wanted to post this one in the already existing Israel / Gaza thread .....But I can't seem to find it anymore.....


Hopes for reviving any Israeli-Palestinian negotiations now look like a remote fantasy



Tue 15 May 2018 15.48 BST

Ian Black





Israeli border police officers take up position during a Palestinian protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba
Photograph: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters
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He went to Nepal hoping it would be a stepping stone to playing for Chelsea. Instead, Aboubacar Sidibé became another victim of unscrupulous ‘agents’ who promise young men a shot at the big time only to swindle them


Pete Pattisson

Wed 16 May 2018 12.54 BST Last modified on Wed 16 May 2018 12.55 BST


West African footballers practise at a ground in Naya Bazaar, in central Kathmandu, Nepal
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Israel's violent rule increasingly driving liberal American Jews on to the streets


At odds with established Jewish organizations, many younger groups are rejecting the notion of being progressive except for Palestine



Wed 16 May 2018 08.00 BST


Tom McCarthy in New York





Demonstrators march towards Trump Hotel in Washington on Monday to protest against the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem
Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
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The first comprehensive study of CEO-to-worker pay reveals an extraordinary disparity – with the highest gap approaching 5,000 to 1



Edward Helmore in New York

Wed 16 May 2018 10.00 BST




Companies singled out for criticism in the report include Marathon Petroleum, a gas station operator, whose CEO took home an astonishing 935 times more pay than an average employee in 2017.
Photograph: Marathon Petroleum Corporat Handout/EPA
It's obvious ( which is of course unfortunate) that exactly  the same injustice does occur all over the world....Not in the US only....Just to be clear and intellectually honest
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In America's news headlines, Palestinians die mysterious deaths


Judging by some stories, it’s almost as if bullets just hang in the air, waiting for Palestinians to walk deliberately into them



Wed 16 May 2018 17.31 BST Last modified on Wed 16 May 2018 17.44 BST



‘Palestinians appear, simply and almost mysteriously, to ‘have died.’
Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA


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At an event that eschewed Trumpian theatrics for earnest discussion, Democratic heavyweights hoped to prove the party can think big



Wed 16 May 2018 02.28 BST

Ben Jacobs in Washington





Bernie Sanders joined Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and others at the conference in Washington
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British government accused of funding human rights abuses in Bahrain


Money from British aid fund was used to train groups later involved in torture and executions, claims rights group



Thu 17 May 2018 13.32 BST

By Karen Mc Veigh






Protesters in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, stage an anti-government demonstration in February 2011
Photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters
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How a year of Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation drowned out the news



For 12 months the special counsel’s inquiry has fascinated a huge audience – but important issues are fighting for attention



Thu 17 May 2018 11.57 BST

by David Taylor in New York


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Trump faces North Korea dilemma after Bolton infuriates Pyongyang


Trump is keen to keep his appointment in Singapore but the row involving his national security adviser presents a serious hurdle


Julian Borger in Washington

Thu 17 May 2018 11.12 BST



Could the inevitable compromise at a Kim Jong-un summit could force a parting of the ways between Donald Trump and his third national security adviser?
Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images


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Cambridge Analytica whistleblower says Bannon wanted to suppress voters


Christopher Wylie testified before the Senate judiciary committee that Bannon wanted ‘weapons to fight a culture war’



Wed 16 May 2018 22.19 BST

By  Olivia Solon





Former Cambridge Analytica research director Christopher Wylie testifies before Senate judiciary committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday
Photograph: Al Drago/Reuters
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Trump discloses he reimbursed Michael Cohen for up to $250,000 in 2017


Footnote buried in financial records confirms Trump paid Cohen for ‘expenses’, worth between $100,000 and $250,000



Wed 16 May 2018 21.11 BST

Joanna Walters and agencies






The record says: ‘Mr Cohen sought reimbursement of those expenses and Mr Trump fully reimbursed Mr Cohen in 2017.’
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What do you say to a four-year-old white supremacist?


A child’s uncensored racist commentary is a harsh reminder that while society has moved forward, the book on discrimination isn’t closed yet



Lamees El-sadek

Thu 17 May 2018 11.00 BST Last modified on Thu 17 May 2018 11.28 BST



It's obvious the child has become a "supremacist" because he was taught to be that way.....Depends on the immediate environment he is surrounded by ( parents, etc) .....Hopefully he'll change as he grows old...Granted he's given the tools  ( good teachers, books, etc) to understand and to know better

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Japan plans $400m hit on US goods in response to Trump tariffs


As US-China talks begin aimed at averting a trade war, Tokyo jockeys for leverage with Trump administration



Thu 17 May 2018 04.29 BST


Food produce such as corn is one of America’s biggest exports to Japan
Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images




No surprises here....It's a Physics law...Action - Reaction

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37 minutes ago, umbertino said:

It's obvious the child has become a "supremacist" because he was taught to be that way.....Depends on the immediate environment he is surrounded by ( parents, etc) .....Hopefully he'll change as he grows old...Granted he's given the tools  ( good teachers, books, etc) to understand and to know better


Yup... People are not born haters, it is learned behavior... 



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Trump's warning to Kim Jong-un: make a deal or suffer same fate as Gaddafi


Asked about ‘Libya model’, Trump says: ‘That model… was total decimation. That model would take place if we don’t make a deal’



Julian Borger in Washington

Thu 17 May 2018 20.27 BST


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EU sets course for US clash with law blocking Iran sanctions


European leaders to launch statute to protect EU firms doing business in Iran


Patrick Wintour in London and Daniel Boffey in Sofia

Thu 17 May 2018 18.24 BST

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