‘He said jobs were coming back’: the Trump voters who feel cheated

‘I wanted to believe in Mr Trump,’ one manufacturing worker laid off after 30 years says. ‘This has been a slap in the face’

Donald Trump won the votes of many in middle America in 2016 by promising to bring back manufacturing jobs to the US.

This week he faces the first big electoral test of his presidency as voters head to the polls for the midterm elections. While he is not on the ballot, Trump has been campaigning across the US to maintain Republican control of Congress.

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Iran sanctions: Khamenei says world opposes every Trump decision

Ayatollah says US has failed to dominate Iran on eve of reinstatement of oil and banking sanctions

Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday that Donald Trump’s policies face opposition across the world as Washington prepared to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s vital oil-exporting and financial sectors, state television reported.

Khamenei said the United States had failed to reassert its domination over Iran since the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the US-backed Shah.

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Funeral for Leicester City owner held in Bangkok – video

Hundreds of mourners, royal soldiers and monks have gathered at a Bangkok temple for the funeral of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the Thai owner of Leicester City football club who died in a helicopter crash last week.

Saturday was the first day of a week-long funeral ceremony for Vichai who was killed, along with four others, when his helicopter came down in a car park outside Leicester's stadium, shortly after a game had finished.


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Sending refugees to New Zealand ‘a giant magnet’ to people smugglers, Ciobo says

Defence industry minister says he ‘absolutely’ has a problem with accepting NZ offer to resettle families

Sending refugees from Nauru to New Zealand would be a “giant magnet” for people smugglers, the Australian defence industry minister, Steven Ciobo, has said.

The government intends to evacuate all asylum seeker and refugee children from Nauru by the end of this year.

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Angry Anderson’s son killed in ‘bloody’ attack on Sydney’s northern beaches

Liam Anderson, son of Rose Tattoo singer, died after being found beaten in Queenscliff

The son of rock musician Angry Anderson has been killed in a violent attack on Sydney’s northern beaches that may have lasted as long as half an hour.

It took several officers and the use of pepper spray to restrain a man police say they found forcefully beating 26-year-old Liam Anderson early on Sunday morning.

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Pussy Riot activists lend star power to campaign for Hong Kong freedoms

Two members of Russian group speak alongside activist Joshua Wong despite cancellation of art show after ‘threats’ from China

Members of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot joined Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners on Saturday to defend freedom of expression as Beijing tightens its grip on the semi-autonomous city.

Two members of the Russian group spoke alongside leading Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong at a panel discussion that had been due to accompany the launch of a highly anticipated art show by Chinese political cartoonist Badiucao.

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Virgin Australia announces US-style plan to honour veterans on every flight

Airline joins News Corp campaign, but critic says veterans are being overused for corporate branding

Will Australians travelling on Virgin Australia flights soon be rising in their seats to applaud servicemen on board as they do on most US airlines?

A new campaign being driven by News Corp Australia – and which has been backed by the prime minister, Scott Morrison – aims to recognise veterans and their service using newspapers and Foxtel in association with select corporations.

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Patricia Fox: nun attacks Duterte’s ‘reign of terror’ in Philippines upon return to Australia

Catholic nun calls on Australia to stand up to Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte

An Australian nun who angered the Philippine president by joining anti-government protests has criticised his “reign of terror” after being kicked out of the country.

Sister Patricia Fox, who arrived back in Australia on Sunday morning, said of Rodrigo Duterte’s violent crackdown on the drug trade: “The human rights abuses are just increasing and it’s a reign of terror. Of tyranny.”

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Brain cancer: drink that makes tumours glow could make surgery more effective

Fluorescent marker accumulates in the fastest-growing cells, helping surgeons pinpoint tumours and leave healthy tissue alone

Surgeons have tested the use of a fluorescent marker that can help them remove dangerous brain tumour cells from patients more accurately.

The research was carried out on people who had suspected glioblastoma, the disease that killed British politician Dame Tessa Jowell in May, and the most common form of brain cancer.

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New Caledonia votes on independence from France in landmark test

Vote in New Caledonia being closely watched as test of support for France in its many territories around the world

Voting is under way on the French Pacific islands of New Caledonia on whether to become an independent nation, in a closely watched test of support for France in one of its many territories scattered around the globe.

New Caledonia, which is 18,000 kilometres (11,000 miles) from France, is home to a quarter of the world’s known supplies of nickel – a vital electronics component – and is a strategic foothold for France in the Pacific.

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Armistice centenary: May praises UK’s ‘closeness’ with Europe

German president to lay wreath at Cenotaph on Remembrance Day

Theresa May has praised the “strength and closeness” of the UK’s relations with “our friends and partners in Europe”, as she prepares to join the German and French presidents in a series of events to mark 100 years since the end of the first world war.

As the world gets ready to commemorate 11 November 1918, when more than four years of fighting that cost an estimated 37 million military and civilian lives came to an end, the prime minister said: “Next week will mark one of the most significant moments in our nation’s history. One hundred years after the guns fell silent on the western front, each and every one of us can pause to reflect on the immense sacrifices that were made by so many.

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Border Force accused of preventing church baptism of baby born in detention

Family members and Catholic priest say detained woman not given permission to take seven-month-old to church

Australian Border Force is preventing a baby who was born in immigration detention and is still there seven months later from being baptised in a church, according to the family and a Catholic priest.

It is the latest in what supporters claim is exceptional treatment of Huyen Tran and her seven-month-old daughter, Isabella, who was born into detention in Melbourne, and comes as new details emerge about an attempt to deport Tran while she was seven months pregnant.

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Racist robocall targets Abrams and Oprah as Trump heads to Georgia

  • Republican Kemp condemns call day before president’s visit
  • Group behind recording has targeted Andrew Gillum in Florida

A robocall apparently from a white supremacist group has injected racism directly into the Georgia governor’s race, a tight contest already the subject of race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression.

Related: 'This is Georgia': hate, hope and history in election that shows the clash of two Americas

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Storms raze forests bringing northern Italy ‘to its knees’

Officials say at least 20 people have been killed this week as extreme weather lashes country

Fierce winds and rains have killed at least 20 people in Italy this week and razed thousands of hectares of forest in the country’s devastated north, officials have said.

An 87-year-old woman and a 62-year-old German tourist were killed on Friday after being struck by lightning in Sardinia.

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Sainsbury’s in a stew over mash-up of ‘Persian’ dish

Magazine apologises after British-Iranian readers say inclusion of recipe for curry is ‘lazy, casual racism’

A sparkly bonfire night cake and a traditional English sausage and mash were both on offer in October’s edition of Sainsbury’s Magazine. More prominent than this seasonal fare, though, was a bold attempt to broaden readers’ horizons: a front-page photo of a “golden Persian curry”, tagged as “the dinner party dish you HAVE to try”.

But the magazine’s fusion adventure has now backfired. Its editors stand accused of “lazy, casual racism” because, according to Iranian readers, chefs and fans of Persian cookery, the ingredients bear little or no relation to the region’s authentic cuisine.

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Arron Banks faces new claims of misleading MPs over Brexit

Leaked messages ‘show undeclared links’; emails ‘contradict statements to MPs’

The controversial businessman Arron Banks may have misled parliament over links between his pro-Brexit campaign and his insurance business during the EU referendum, according to explosive correspondence released by whistleblowers.

Hundreds of internal emails leaked by former employees from Eldon Insurance and Rock Services to the Observer reveal that – despite categorical denials by Banks – insurance staff worked on the Leave.EU campaign from their company offices.

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Millions of Syrians at risk if Idlib truce fails, White Helmets warn

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt told that west’s help will be vital if Russia breaks ceasefire

The head of Syria’s White Helmet volunteers has told Britain’s foreign secretary that the west must do more to protect millions of civilians still in extreme danger, and warned that reconstruction should not begin without justice or accountability.

Raed al-Saleh said Moscow’s record of broken promises meant he had little confidence in a ceasefire brokered between Russia and Turkey in September. The agreement halted a planned advance on Idlib, one of the last parts of Syria still outside the control of President Bashar al-Assad, and currently home to more than 3 million people.

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Washington Republican under fire for setting out ‘Biblical Basis for War’

State representative Matt Shea has made national headlines – a look at his far-right links draws a line to the Trump White House

The Washington state Republican Matt Shea was this week abandoned by donors, over a document he distributed which condemned abortion and same-sex marriage while outlining a “Biblical Basis for War”.

Related: Donald Trump's rhetoric has stoked antisemitism and hatred, experts warn

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Liverpool makes a stand and runs far-right marchers out of town

Plan by fringe far-right groups abandoned due to numbers of counter-demonstrators

A far-right group has abandoned plans to march through Liverpool after members were visibly outnumbered by counter-demonstrators, including the mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

A handful of marchers from the so-called North West Frontline Patriots were met by hundreds of anti-fascist counter-protesters co-ordinated by groups such as Merseyside Together and Unite Against Fascism as they arrived in Liverpool on Saturday.

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Two dead after part of Amazon warehouse collapses in Baltimore

One man was found under debris Friday and a second man’s body recovered Saturday after 50ft wall collapsed in severe weather

Amazon said on Saturday two people were killed when part of a distribution warehouse collapsed in severe weather in Baltimore.

Amazon’s senior vice-president of operations, Dave Clark, said in a tweet on Saturday there were two fatalities at the site, on the south-east side of the city. Baltimore fire officials did not immediately respond to phone or email messages.

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Brazil, Turkey, Slovakia… tyranny’s contagion spreads around the world | Nick Cohen

The US would once have acted against such leaders. Trump now offers an example

History will record that when states murdered journalists or used the conspiracy theories of terrorists to fool their subject populations, they could expect reprisals from something called “the west”, an alliance that lasted from 1945 to 2016. The west’s great weakness was that it depended on American power. It died when Donald Trump became the US president, freeing illiberal democracies and actual dictatorships to follow their worst instincts to a grim destination.

Fashion affects the powerful as well as the powerless. They look at each other and learn what they can get away with. “Did you hear what happened in Germany?” Stalin asked Anastas Mikoyan in June 1934, after Hitler had ordered the murder of his enemies in the Nazi party. “Splendid! That’s a deed of some skill!” Inspired by Hitler’s Night of the Long Knives, Stalin began the executions of tens of thousands of communists who posed a real and imagined threat to his power. The west taught, albeit intermittently, albeit with immense blind spots in which crimes against humanity were committed with impunity, that governments had to pretend to protect human rights, freeish trade and democracy.

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Gafur Rakhimov elected president of Aiba despite IOC criticisms

  • Controversial figure beat Serik Konakbayev on Saturday’s vote
  • IOC critical and yet to confirm boxing for 2020 Olympics

An Uzbek businessman who denies accusations from the US Treasury that he is one of Uzbekistan’s leading criminals with links to the global heroin trade has been elected president of Aiba, the amateur boxing federation, putting the sport on a collision course with the International Olympic Committee.

Related: Prospective amateur boxing president: ‘I have never been involved in criminal activities’

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Trump emoluments case ruling opens way to financial records

  • Tax returns could be unearthed in Washington hotel suit
  • DC attorney general salutes ‘major win in historic case’

A federal judge has denied the justice department’s efforts to halt legal proceedings in a case in which Donald Trump is accused of violating the US constitution, opening the door for the president’s critics to gain access to financial records related to his Washington DC hotel.

Related: Brett Kavanaugh to be denied inaugural walk down supreme court steps

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American Airlines passenger who says she was raped in bathroom sues carrier

Aubrey Lane says staff failed to protect her and others when they served the alleged attacker as many as six alcoholic drinks

An American Airlines passenger who says she was raped in the bathroom on a domestic flight is suing the carrier, claiming it allowed an obviously intoxicated man to board the plane and continued to serve him alcohol.

Aubrey Lane, 32, claims her seat-mate, whose identity has not been released, continually harassed her on an overnight flight from Phoenix to New York in June 2017, eventually following her into the lavatory and assaulting her.

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