German chancellor says Nord Stream 2 project is not possible without clarity on Ukraine’s role
Angela Merkel has intervened in a row over a gas pipeline due to run from Russia to Germany, telling Vladimir Putin he cannot exclude Ukraine from the transit route.
The German chancellor has set herself up for a confrontation with the Russian president over the Nord Stream 2 project amid concerns Putin is attempting to increase western Europe’s dependency on Russian gas at the same time as eroding Ukraine’s importance in the project.
The White House was critical of Russia and said it shared the UK's assessment that Moscow was behind the Salisbury attack
The firm behind Marmite, Pot Noodle and Dove soap will just have one legal home base, in the Netherlands.
Two books crush the official version of 1960s anti-leftist massacres in Indonesia, implicate the US and UK and revise how we define genocideTwo books, by Geoffrey Robinson and Jess Melvin, reveal why one of the worst blood-lettings of the 20th century took place and who was responsible
Joshua Oppenheimer’s 2012 documentary The Act of Killing follows a cabal of ageing hoodlums around the city of Medan, in north-west Indonesia. Between 1965 and 66, they had enthusiastically joined militias across the country that garrotted, stabbed and mutilated to death at least half a million suspected leftists. Almost half a century
SEOUL (Reuters) – Lotte Data Communication Co, a unit of South Korea’s Lotte Group, said on Thursday it has sought approval from the country’s stock exchange for an initial public offering (IPO).
Commonwealth Bank says brokers are selling mortgages that are riskier and more likely to burden customers with excessive debt
The Commonwealth Bank has admitted the commissions it pays to mortgage brokers can incentivise them to sell risky mortgages to CBA customers, but it does not want to stop the practice until other banks stop it too.
The head of the banking royal commission, Kenneth Hayne, has also suggested CBA has been “economical with the truth” with its customers by neglecting to tell them the value of the commissions it pays mortgage brokers who sell them CBA products.
ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu’s planned visit to Washington on March 19 has been postponed, his spokesman said on Thursday, following the U.S. decision to replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.
Refugees from Myanmar continue to arrive daily at the 20 rapidly expanding camps around Cox’s Bazar. With makeshift shelters perched precariously on slopes, aid agencies fear land slides could cause a catastrophic loss of life when the cyclone season begins. Refugees in Balukhali camp speak of their dreams for the future and the horror that drove them to leave
Photographs by Tom Pilston/Action Against Hunger
Investment in companies that do ‘good’ is soaring, but are firms changing the way they do business as a result?
Divestment has become a trillion-dollar topic in recent years – boycotting companies considered harmful has never been more popular: Israeli exporters, arms makers, and fossil fuel producers, among others.
Across the world more than 800 institutions, with total investments valued at $6tn, have committed to divest from fossil fuels.
HONG KONG (Reuters) – As Hong Kong’s judges and senior lawyers paraded in ceremonial wigs and gowns on Jan 8 to mark the start of the legal year, anxieties over China’s growing reach into the city’s vaunted legal system swirled with the wintry winds.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Ravichandran Ashwin believes finger-spinners are battling a perception of ineffectiveness in limited-overs cricket but remains confident that he and his ilk can flourish with the white ball.
MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines said on Thursday its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) could be “the beginning of the end” for the institution, as more countries would follow suit and non-members would be discouraged from joining.
SHANGHAI (Reuters) – U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc , blocked this week from a takeover bid amid national security fears, was already walking a Pacific tightrope: it has government and defense contracts in America, but two-thirds of its revenue comes from China.
Unilever, the maker of top consumer brands including Marmite and Persil, is to abandon the UK as its headquarters as part of a major shake-up of the group.
The story of the Iraq war is rarely told by those who lived through it, but a group of film-makers are changing that. In Another Day in Baghdad they return to 2006, portraying every day life amid kidnappings, torture and killings
Irada al-Jabbouri remembers Baghdad at the height of the sectarian violence. “It was like a ghost town, under curfew, its streets almost empty by 4pm,” recalls the Iraqi novelist and women’s rights activist. “Day and night were organised according to a mysterious schedule of when car bombs might go off, or mortars or improvised explosive devices or kidnappings. More
Allies back UK in heated security council session … so long and thank EU for all the fish … and why children should not be left to their own devices
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Leora is a student who takes a ‘smart drug’ to help her cope with the pressures of university.
Australian biologists solve the puzzle of why monotreme’s milk is so potent against bacteria
They are duck-billed, egg-laying, semi-aquatic mammals with poisonous spurs on their webbed feet: the Australian platypus is so weird that early European zoologists thought it must be an elaborate hoax.
But now a team of Australian scientists have found something else unique to the strange little animals: their milk has a novel chemical structure that could be used to fight superbugs.
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SEOUL (Reuters) – China’s President Xi Jinping offered encouragement for South Korea’s initiative to nurture peaceful engagement with North Korea, and Russia also expressed support, the South Korean official leading diplomatic efforts said on Thursday.
(Reuters) – Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere may be out of contract at the end of the season but the midfielder possesses the technical skills and the personality to play in any league in the world, according to AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso.
(Reuters) – The sister of avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to die for the 2015 massacre at a historic South Carolina black church, was arrested on Wednesday for carrying weapons at a high school, media said.
Unprecedented joint inquiry by four committees of MPs demands polluters pay for air pollution causing ‘national health emergency’
The car industry must pay millions of pounds towards solving the UK’s toxic air crisis under the “polluter pays” principle, according to an unprecedented joint inquiry by four committees of MPs.
The MPs call the poisonous air that causes 40,000 early deaths a year a “national health emergency” and are scathing about the government’s clean air plans. These judged illegal three times in the high court, with the latest plan condemned as “woefully inadequate” by city leaders and “inexcusable” by doctors.
It’s the phrase of the moment but have you ever been taken in?
Remoteness, social disadvantage and higher rates of smoking all play part in imbalance for preventable cancers
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are more likely to get cancer and far more likely to die from the disease than non-Indigenous people, with remoteness having a dramatic impact on their prospects.
According to new data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), between 2011 and 2015 Indigenous Australians were 10% more likely to acquire cancer and 1.4 times more likely to die from it.
A decade on from the crash and with the Brexit fog clearing, there’s an opportunity to make real and lasting change
One of the many lessons learned since the world plunged into economic crisis a decade ago is that forecasts need to be taken with a large pinch of salt. Consider the evidence. As the biggest bubble in history was being pumped up, the International Monetary Fund said financial markets had never been safer. The Bank of England failed to recognise the possibility that there might be a recession even when the economy was already in one. And as <a target=_blank href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/mar/09/ifs-economist-paul-johnson-we-are-nowhere-near-out-of-austerity"
When fixing items is actively discouraged by manufacturers, recycling becomes a political act, say Repair Cafe volunteers
A vacuum cleaner, a hair straightener, a laptop, Christmas lights, an e-reader, a blender, a kettle, two bags, a pair of jeans, a remote-control helicopter, a spoon, a dining-room chair, a lamp and hair clippers. All broken.
It sounds like a pile of things that you’d stick in boxes and take to the tip. In fact, it’s a list of things mended in a single afternoon by British volunteers determined to get people to stop throwing stuff away.
Belinda Parmar was a passionate advocate of the digital revolution – but has started keeping her family’s smartphones and laptops locked away to protect her loved ones. Is she right to be so worried?
In Belinda Parmar’s bedroom there is a wardrobe, and inside that wardrobe there is a safe. Inside that safe is not jewellery or cash or personal documents, but devices: mobile phones, a laptop, an iPod, chargers and remote controls. Seven years ago, Parmar was the high priestess of tech empowerment. Founder of the consultancy Lady Geek, she saw it as her mission both to make tech work
The nerve agent attack in Salisbury has highlighted the president’s tendency to adopt a tone strikingly at odds with US government policy
The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, delivered a powerful speech at the UN on Wednesday in support of the UK in its showdown with Russia over the nerve agent attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal.
The question facing London, however, is whether she really spoke for her country.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Early indications suggest that both sides in New Zealand’s first ever home day-night test could find it difficult batting with the pink ball.
(Reuters) – West Ham United manager David Moyes hopes a training camp in Miami will provide an ideal platform for the London club to prepare for a potentially difficult climax to the Premier League season.
(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s top television shows drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shopping club by early 2017, according to company documents, revealing for the first time how the retailer’s bet on original video is paying off.
(Reuters) – World number one Roger Federer advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday. The 36-year-old surrendered just three points on serve in the opening set and took control of the second with a crosscourt backhand winner that broke Chardy when tied at 4-4.
US president told donors ‘I had no idea’ when he complained to Canada’s prime minister over (non-existent) trade deficit
Donald Trump bragged that he made up facts in a meeting with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, according to an audio recording obtained by the Washington Post.
The US president – notorious for making false claims on countless issues – admitted he told Trudeau that America has a trade deficit with its neighbour when he “had no idea” if that was true.
Franco, known for her social work in Brazil’s slums, had accused police officers of using heavy-handed tactics
A city council member and her driver have been shot dead by two attackers on a downtown street in Rio de Janeiro in what appeared to be a targeted assassination.
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NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Walmart Inc’s patent filings hint that it may see a future where farmers use its drones to not only spot crop problems but selectively apply chemicals or even disperse pollen to bring shoppers the freshest and cheapest food possible.
Commissioner dismissed after nine-month investigation into allegations he helped his girlfriend get a job at Sydney airport
The Border Force commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg has been sacked for misbehaviour after a nine-month disciplinary investigation.
In a statement on Thursday the government confirmed the governor general had sacked Quaedvlieg on the government’s advice, listing several grounds for dismissal including failing to disclose a change in his relationship status and modifying policies to advantage a candidate for recruitment.
WASHINGTON/OSLO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump has bashed international efforts to combat climate change and questioned the scientific consensus that global warming is dangerous and driven by human consumption of fossil fuels.
Men from Gilgit-Baltistan say their spouses are being held in ‘re-education’ camps in Xinjiang
“Where is Mama?” screams Ahmed’s 10-year-old daughter in a WeChat message he can hardly bear to replay.
Like many traders in Pakistan’s northernmost region of Gilgit-Baltistan, Ahmed fell in love with a Chinese woman on a work trip across the border. And like dozens of others, he has now been forcibly separated from the woman he married – and the child they had together – for months.