Geert Wilders out in the cold in Dutch election scrum

As voters turn to the right, the Greens are hoping to profit from the woes of a discredited Labour party

At the “election market” in Gouda, behind the town’s gable-fronted cheese museum, the Netherlands’ kaleidoscope of parties are making a last push to catch floating voters. Passers-by are spoiled for choice: nine groups are represented, all with seats in parliament, from the governing Liberal and Labour parties to the Animal Rights party, complete with panda-print scarves and a man strumming campaign songs on a guitar.

Notably, the three leading contenders – prime minister Mark Rutte’s VVD, the Christian Democrats (CDA), and Geert Wilders’s Freedom party (PVV) – are all on the right, suggesting that the Dutch are turning away from their tradition of liberal, progressive politics. The Labour party (PvdA) has paid a heavy price for going into coalition with the right-wing Liberals four years ago and pushing through an austerity programme that hit its traditional voter base.

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WA election: Liberals the biggest losers after Pauline Hanson crumbles under pressure | Katharine Murphy

Colin Barnett’s self-delusion a warning for Malcolm Turnbull as Nationals run their own race

Colin Barnett says he’s no longer the Western Australian premier because of an overwhelming “It’s time” factor.

With due respect to Barnett, this is a story you invent to console yourself when you’ve presided over a top-to-tail disaster.

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Prison study reveals high rate of self-harm among former inmates and mental health failures

Emergency departments are failing to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, researchers say

One in 15 newly-released prisoners attend hospital for self-harm but emergency departments are failing in their obligations to conduct comprehensive mental health assessments, new research shows.

A groundbreaking study of former inmates, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry this month, has revealed high rates of self-harm following release from prison.

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US accuses Moscow of aiding warlord in battle for Libya oil ports

Pentagon says Russia has intervened to support opponents of the western-backed government

A fierce battle for control of Libya’s oil ports is raging this weekend as worried American officials claim that Russia is trying to “do a Syria” in the country, supporting the eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar in an attempt to control its main source of wealth.

The fighting between Haftar’s forces and militias from western Libya is focused on Sidra, Libya’s biggest oil port, and nearby Ras Lanuf, its key refinery. Together they form the gateway to the vast Oil Crescent, a series of oilfields stretching hundreds of miles through the Sahara containing Africa’s largest reserves. Haftar’s forces have launched airstrikes against militias around the oil ports themselves, with social media showing pictures of corpses and burning vehicles. No casualty figures have yet been released.

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Malcolm Turnbull pushes for ban on unvaccinated children at childcare centres

PM to take ‘no jab, no play’ policy that would also ban unvaccinated children from preschools to Coag meeting

Unvaccinated children would be banned from childcare centres and preschools across the country under a push by the federal government.

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has written to state and territory leaders in a move towards introducing nationally consistent laws to protect children across Australia. He says he will take the policy to the next Council of Australian Governments (Coag) meeting.

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UK could have taken 100 child refugees a week, says charity

The chief executive of Tact Care, the UK’s largest fostering charity, said the Home Office repeatedly declined his offers to help


The Home Office turned down repeated offers from fostering agencies that would have allowed up to 100 child refugees a week to be given sanctuary in Britain, according to the chief executive of the UK’s largest fostering and adoption charity.

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Western Australian election: Mark McGowan declares victory for Labor after record-breaking swings

ALP on track to double its representatives in state parliament as swings of up to 20% recorded in outer-suburban Perth seats

Mark McGowan has declared victory in Western Australia as record-breaking swings put the Labor party on track to double its representatives in state parliament.

Swings of up to 20% were recorded in outer-suburban seats in Perth, while swings of more than 11% were recorded in 14 previously Liberal-held seats – securing a Labor 34 seats in the 59-seat parliament.

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Pauline Hanson likens Colin Barnett to spoiled milk that should have been thrown out

One Nation leader blames former WA premier for result, saying he should have quit or been removed before election

Pauline Hanson has likened Colin Barnett to spoiled milk that should have been thrown out after One Nation fared worse in the Western Australian election than she expected, blaming the result on the party’s preference deal with the Liberals.

Early results indicate the party failed to secure a lower-house seat despite intense campaigning. But it did secure at least one upper house seat, which was the objective of the preference deal, with state leader Colin Tincknell claiming the South West.

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Malala Yousafzai receives offer to study at UK university

The 19-year-old Nobel prize winner did not reveal which institution had offered her a conditional place during a Birmingham talk


Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai has told an education conference that she has received an offer to study at a UK university.

The 19-year-old student, who is currently preparing for her A-Levels, told the auditorium that she had received an offer, conditional of achieving three As, to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).

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Top New York prosecutor refuses Jeff Sessions’ request to resign – reports

Preet Bharara made announcement after attorney general Jeff Sessions told US attorneys, nearly all appointed by Obama, they should resign from their posts

Preet Bharara, the powerful Manhattan prosecutor who was among 46 US attorneys asked to step down late Friday, has refused to tender his resignation, according to reports citing unnamed associates of the attorney.

On Friday afternoon, attorney general Jeff Sessions told the prosecutors, nearly all appointed by Barack Obama, that they should resign from their posts. The overhaul of US attorneys is standard practice for a new administration, though some presidents do so in phases. Bharara, 48, met with Trump late last year, however, and told reporters afterward that he had “agreed to stay on”.

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Adele fan suffers cardiac arrest during Sydney concert

Fans said the singer ‘seemed really tearful’ after paramedics took the 47-year-old fan to the hospital


Adele was forced to temporarily halt a concert in Sydney after a fan suffered a cardiac arrest.

Footage of Friday night’s concert at the ANZ Stadium filmed by fans attending the Australian leg of her tour shows the singer becoming concerned when medics arrived to attend to a woman in the audience.

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Pussy Riot performance warns Americans of Trump’s parallels to Putin

Feminist punk collective mocked the Russian president in Revolution and delved into the dangers of propaganda, oppression and censorship

Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina has a message for Donald Trump: “The United States started from refugees.”

The Russian activist was standing on a busy San Francisco street corner late Friday night, taking a drag of her cigarette and chatting with adoring fans who wanted to take selfies, offer her weed and talk political resistance.

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After Brexit, Israel senses a chance to boost trade with UK

It is hard to sell fruit into the EU, but when Britain leaves it could become a big market for Israeli agriculture and for its burgeoning cyber-industries

From a hilltop in Masa’ada on the Israeli side of the Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Faried al-Said Ahmed surveys his cherry and apple trees 80 feet below. Barbed wire surrounds the steep hillside, preventing people entering a minefield planted when the Six-Day War ended 50 years ago.

Currently, the trees are bare. Cherry-picking season is May and June, while 45,000 tons of apples will leave this co-operative farm after they ripen in September and October.

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Texas Republicans drew congressional districts on racial lines, judges find

Map found to be gerrymandered to weaken growing voting power of minorities, giving Democrats hope of new maps that could turn over more seats in Congress

Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities.

The ruling late Friday by a three-judge panel in San Antonio gave Democrats hope of new, more favorably drawn maps that could turn over more seats in Congress in 2018. But the judges in their 2-1 decision didn’t propose an immediate fix, and Texas could appeal to the US supreme court.

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Mark McGowan claims victory for Labor in Western Australia election – video

Labor’s Mark McGowan makes his celebration speech to a jubilant crowd in Rockingham on Saturday after winning a stunning victory in the Western Australia election. Labor has picked up at least 14 new seats in the lower house, securing a win which McGowan says marks the victory of “hope and opportunity over desperation and division”

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Democrats question Trump ‘conflict of interest’ with Deutsche Bank investigation

Lawmakers call for probe over DoJ handling of the inquiry into alleged money laundering at president’s biggest creditor

Senior Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling for a congressional investigation into the justice department’s handling of an ongoing probe into Deutsche Bank, saying that Donald Trump had “conflicts of interest” with the German bank, his biggest creditor.

Maxine Waters, the top Democrat on the House financial services committee, urged her Republican colleagues to launch their own investigation into the nature of Deutsche Bank’s money-laundering scheme, who participated in the arrangement, and whether it involved any other violations of US law beyond the failure to maintain anti-money laundering controls.

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Erdoğan brands Dutch government ‘Nazi remnants and fascists’ – video

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan brands the Netherlands “Nazi remnants” and “fascists” after the Dutch government withdrew permission for Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to land there for a planned visit. At a rally in Istanbul on Saturday Erdoğan says the Dutch don’t know anything about international diplomacy, while Cavusoglu appears on Turkish television to promise “heavy consequences” for the decision

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South Korea expert interrupted by children on BBC World News goes viral

Robert E Kelly discovers the perils of working from home when children gatecrash broadcast interview with BBC

Working from home when children are at large can be perilous – that vital call interrupted by a screaming baby, a toddler scattering crucial documents, the teenager pumping up the volume as a deadline looms.

But such challenges are small fry compared with what Robert E Kelly, an academic based at a South Korean university, had to endure as he tried to broadcast to the world on matters of global importance.

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Damascus bombings leave dozens dead

Roadside device and suicide bomber target Bab al-Saghir neighbourhood of Syrian capital, home to several Shia mausoleums

Two explosions killed at least 28 people in the old city of Damascus on Saturday, a monitoring group said, in one of the bloodiest attacks yet seen in the heart of the Syrian capital.

A roadside bomb detonated as a bus passed by and a suicide bomber blew himself up in the Bab al-Saghir area, which houses several Shia mausoleums that draw pilgrims from around the world, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Erdoğan brands Dutch ‘Nazi remnants’ for barring Turkish MP

Rotterdam officials withdraw permission for foreign minister to land in city amid row over cancelled rally

The Turkish president has branded the Netherlands “Nazi remnants” and “fascists” after one of his ministers was barred from entering the country in an escalating row over a cancelled rally in Rotterdam.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made the comments on Saturday after the Dutch government withdrew permission for his foreign minister to land there for a planned visit.

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UN calls for more aid to avoid largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years – video

Stephen O’Brien, the UN under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, speaks to the UN security council in New York on Friday, and urges member states to make urgent funding available to avert famine in four countries. Calling the situations in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria “the largest humanitarian crisis” since the creation of the UN in 1945, O’Brien says immediate action needs to be taken to tackle the “looming human catastrophes”

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