Alesha MacPhail’s funeral takes place in North Lanarkshire

Mourners line streets of Coatbridge as tributes paid to six-year-old killed on holiday

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets of a Scottish town on Saturday for the funeral of a six-year-old girl killed on holiday.

Alesha MacPhail went missing on the Isle of Bute in the Firth of Clyde, where she had been staying with her father and grandparents, on 2 July. She was found dead three hours later at the site of a former hotel.

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Sri Lankan ‘war criminals’ deployed as UN peacekeepers

Confidential report says officers implicated in the abuse of Tamils were operating in Africa

The UN has been sending alleged war criminals to act as peacekeepers in conflict zones, a confidential report claims.

The document, seen by the Observer, and sent to the UN’s Department of Peacekeeping Operations last month, claims that senior Sri Lankan officers accused of war crimes have been deployed to UN operations in Mali, Lebanon, Darfur and South Sudan.

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MPs call for changes to electoral system after Vote Leave broke rules

Letter to John Bercow signed by 45 MPs says existing fines are regarded as ‘simply the cost of doing business’

More than 40 MPs have called for far-reaching changes to the UK’s electoral system, which was described as unfit for purpose and in dire need of reform after the official Brexit campaign was fined £61,000 for breaking campaign rules.

Stephen Kinnock, whose letter to the speaker, John Bercow, was signed by 45 Labour, Lib Dem and Green MPs, said the existing fines were an insufficient deterrent and were regarded as “simply as the cost of doing business”.

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US immigration: baby did not recognise parents after five-month separation

Fifteen-month-old Honduran boy came to symbolise America’s draconian policy of separating migrant families

A 15-month old baby who came to symbolise the US government’s draconian policy of separating migrant families did not recognise his parents when they were reunited in Honduras on Friday, his tearful mother has said.

Related: Less than a fifth of children reunited with migrant parents as deadline looms

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Go-karts and power drills update the summer camp

Holiday activities for kids now mean forest skills and coding, if parents can afford the fees

Giving an eight-year-old a saw, a hammer and a power drill may sound a little reckless right now, but by the end of summer plenty of parents will be congratulating themselves on their bravery.

At The Hive, summer camp means activities that are a lot more challenging than finger painting, football and watching a grainy video copy of Toy Story 2. Here, children arrive every morning to make their own camouflage shelter from scratch, race go-karts they’ve put together, or build a trebuchet that’s bigger than them.

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Indonesia girl jailed for abortion after being raped by brother

15-year-old sentenced to six months for terminating pregnancy after six-week limit

A 15-year-old Indonesian girl who was raped by her older brother has been jailed for six months for having an abortion, an official said on Saturday.

The girl was sentenced on Thursday alongside her 17-year-old brother in a closed hearing at Muara Bulian district court on the island of Sumatra, the court spokesman Listyo Arif Budiman said.

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Nigel Farage flies under radar to support Trump-backed Senate candidate

The former Ukip leader was unusually shy as he turned out for Lou Barletta, a Republican lagging in the Pennsylvania polls

Nigel Farage did not so much sweep as creep into Pennsylvania on Friday, for a low-key appearance at a fundraiser for a Trump-supporting Republican Senate candidate that illustrated the toxicity of the US immigration debate.

Related: 'Just what the party needs': Ocasio Cortez and Sanders woo Kansas progressives

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Putin holds winning cards as Syrian war nears Idlib showdown

Saudi and Israeli fears over Iran have benefited Assad

The surrender of rebel forces in south-west Syria, following the fall of eastern Ghouta and other regime successes, strengthens the grim expectation that nothing can now deny Bashar al-Assad a final victory – of sorts – in Syria’s civil war.

But the physical restoration of territory does not necessarily translate into restoration of political authority. For Assad, besieged by predatory friends and neighbours and shunned internationally, the larger question is: having survived the war, can he survive the peace?

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India: suspected vigilantes kill Muslim man transporting cows

Five to seven people beat man to death on suspicion of cow smuggling, police say

Suspected vigilantes killed a Muslim man transporting two cows in India on Saturday, just 15 months after a similar attack highlighted the growing influence of pro-Hindu fringe groups.

Police in the north-western state of Rajasthan said a group of five to seven people surrounded the man, identified only as Akbar, as he led the cows to his village in nearby Haryana state and thrashed him to death on suspicion of cow smuggling.

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Jacob Rees-Mogg says UK is heading for no-deal Brexit

Comments from Tory MP and hardline leaver come after EU mauls Brexit white paper plans

Jacob Rees-Mogg has said Britain is heading for a no-deal exit from the EU, and that leaving on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms is now likely.

Presenting a phone-in on LBC, the prominent Tory MP and hardline Brexiter said: “I think we are heading to WTO and I think WTO is nothing to be frightened of.

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